Plantar Fascia Tear: Causes and Plantar Fascia Tear treatment

The plantar fascia is a long rope-like structure that supports the arch of the foot. Plantar fascia tear otherwise known as Plantar fascia rupture is actually damage or small breaks in the fibers of the fascia plane. Tears in the plantar fascia are characterized by a chronic degeneration along the length of the plantar fascia and also can occur with acute trauma.

The pain associated with this is usually intense and localized. You feel Foot or heel pain after getting up from sitting for a while. If you feel a “pop” on the bottom of your foot, you should be evaluated right away for a plantar fascia tear as it is a symptom associated with it. Initially, after the injury, there may actually be swelling at the bottom of the foot.


The diagnosis of the plantar fascia can be generally done with just a medical history and a physical exam. Sometimes an X-Ray or MRI may be required to rule out another problem that may be occurring in the foot.


Generally, there are two types of plantar fascia tears which are

Partial Plantar Fascia Tear

Partial plantar fascia tears are actually less common than complete tears. They are more likely to arise from overusing the foot for activities just like daily running. This may leave the bottom of the foot swollen or even bruised.

Complete Plantar Fascia Tear

This often occurs due to sudden trauma or injury. This tear is often accompanied by a popping sound and a painful snapping sensation. The bottom of the foot often bruises and swells


The risk for the development of plantar fascia tears can be increased by certain factors which could include:

  1. Overweight
  2. Non- Supportive footwear
  3. Flat arched feet
  4. High arched feet
  5. A sudden increase in activity/Overuse
  6. Hormone problems
  7. Lack of flexibility of the calf, Achilles tendon, and the plantar fascia.
  8. Connective tissue disorders such as Rheumatoid arthritis.

Plantar Fascia Tear Treatment

It may take up to 12 weeks or more to fully recover from both complete and partial tears. However, you may gradually resume your activities after 6-8 weeks when the plantar fascia will most likely be healed. This injury is usually quite painful and therefore initial treatment is generally oriented towards pain control with ice, crutches, and limited activity. Other treatments may include;

  • Shockwave therapy
  • Orthotic Offloading
  • Ultrasound-guided injection therapy
  • Stretching regimes
  • Taping
  • Home Massage techniques
  • Night Splinting

Also, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections may be administered to help accelerate recovery and decrease the chance of the injury reoccurring.

However, there is a home remedy for plantar fascia which is rolling the foot on a frozen water bottle.


Q: Can you walk on a torn plantar fascia?

Yes, but it could come with excruciating pain. The pain associated with walking is usually worse than when you first get out of bed and usually increases as you take a few steps.

Q: How long does it take for a plantar fascia tear to heal?

Treatment for a torn plantar fascia starts with a period of immobilization then you can start walking using the aid of a walking boot. Physical therapy will be initiated to decrease tension on the plantar fascia. However, recovery may take up to 9-12 weeks.

Q: What happens if plantar fasciitis goes untreated?

Untreated plantar fasciitis can lead to unexpected hip, back, and knee pain over time. The arches of the feet work side by side with the tendons, ligaments, and muscles throughout the lower body and where the plantar fascia is compromised, it leaves the other muscles, ligaments, and tendons overworked.

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