Like the overpronation nonsense that I seem to be fighting all the time, ‘plantar fasciitis’ is another one of those topis that has no much pseudoscience, quackery and mythology associated with it. Not a day goes by in which I do not come across something on plantar fasciitis that is just plain made up nonsense.
Why so much nonsense? My theory is that you can pretty much try anything for plantar fasciitis and due to the nature of the natural history of it, there is a good chance there can be an improvement in symptoms at around the same time the nonsense treatment is used. To try and convince people that their symptoms improved because of the natural history and nothing to do with the quackery is an exercise in futility. I blogged about this issue here: The Problem with the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis.
During the barefoot running fad there were lots of unsupported and unsubstantiated claims for the use of barefoot running to treat plantar fasciitis. That failed. I blogged about that here: Is minimalism an option to manage plantar fasciitis? I commented on this on my other blog. on the company site and laughed at a few memes and rolled my eye at advice in forums.
Fighting this nonsense is a never ending battle and may never be won. There is too much money for the shysters to make from their pseudoscience.
There are sensible ways to treat plantar fasciitis that do actually work and are backed by the actual scientific evidence: Plantar Fasciitis – how then do you treat it?