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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Cost


How Much Does Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Cost?

 
low costNight Splint: $20-$50average costCortisone Shot: $100-$300high costOrthotics: $100-$800+

Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament on the bottom of the foot. It can cause heel pain and difficulty walking, especially first thing in the morning. Conservative, at-home treatment often can resolve the problem, but surgery is required in some cases.

Typical costs:

  • For patients with health insurance, the typical out-of-pocket cost for plantar fasciitis treatment consists of a copay or coinsurance of 10%-50%. Plantar fasciitis treatment typically is covered by health insurance.
  • For patients without health insurance, plantar fasciitis treatment typically costs less than $500 for stretching exercises, over-the counter anti-inflammatory medication, comfortable shoes and a night splint. Custom orthotics typically cost less than $1,000, and it can cost up to several thousand dollars for physical therapy. In rare cases in which surgery is required, costs can reach $10,000 or more.
  • For example, a plantar fasciitis night splint[1] costs $20-$50 at Walgreens.com, and a night splint[2] costs $20-$70 at FootSmart.com.
  • Cortisone shots typically cost $100-$300 per shot, for a total of $300-$900 for a series of three shots. Off-the-shelf orthotics usually cost less than $100 and custom orthotics cost $200-$800. Physical therapy costs from $50-$350 a session, and can total $3,000 or more, depending on the number of sessions needed.
  • And at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, in Nebraska, surgery to remove a heel spur[3] , with or without plantar fascial release costs about $7,000, not including doctor fee.
Related articles: Cortisone Injection, Foot Orthotics, Physical Therapy, Health Insurance

What should be included:
  • For mild cases of plantar fasciitis, a doctor often will recommend rest, anti-inflammatory medication, comfortable shoes, gentle stretching and a night splint to keep the foot in a certain position during sleep.
  • In other cases, especially when the patient is experiencing severe pain and inflammation, a doctor might recommend a series of corticosteroid injections into the foot to reduce inflammation. Sometimes, physical therapy, in which the therapist will show the patient exercises for stretching and strengthening, also is recommended.
  • In about five percent of cases, when the condition fails to respond to conservative treatment, surgery is required.
  • WebMD offers a plantar fasciitis treatment overview[4] .
Additional costs:
  • One risk of plantar fasciitis surgery is tarsal tunnel syndrome[5] , which causes nerve pain and might require surgery to correct that condition.
  • Physical therapy, which is recommended in some cases, can cost $10-$75 per session with insurance, or up to $350 or more per session without.
Discounts:
  • Many hospitals and doctors give discounts of up to 35% or more to uninsured/cash-paying patients. For example, UC Health[6] , in Cincinnati, offers a 40% discount.
Shopping for plantar fasciitis treatment:
  • A podiatrist should treat plantar fasciitis. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers a podiatrist locator[7] . It is important to make sure the podiatrist is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine[8] or the American Board of Podiatric Surgery[9] , depending on their area of specialty.
  • WebMD offers a plantar fasciitis surgery decision guide[10] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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External Resources:
  1.  www.walgreens.com/search/results.jsp?Ntt=plantar+fasciitis&x=16&y=14
  2.  www.footsmart.com/night-splint-s.aspx?searchterm=night+splint&cm=sb
  3.  tp.chi.acelogicus.net/nese/Default.aspx
  4.  www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/plantar-fasciitis-treatment-overview
  5.  www.webmd.com/hw-popup/tarsal-tunnel-syndrome
  6.  www.uchealth.com/patients-visitors/financial-services/discounts/
  7.  www.apma.org/Directory/FindAPodiatrist.cfm
  8.  www.abpoppm.org/membership/public/public2.html
  9.  www.abps.org/content/resources/FindADoctor.aspx
  10.  www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/should-i-have-surgery-for-plantar-fasciitis
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