With regard to the surgeon’s comments, the tears usually heal as long as you do not do too much, too fast and damage Mother Nature’s repair job. For people with chronic plantar fasciitis, a complete tear is often the cure. I think your son is better off if he can keep the tissue intact. He should follow the return to running protocol carefully and cut back at the first sign of pain or discomfort. A simple rule of thumb for soft tissue healing, if not disrupted by re-injury, is 20% at 2 weeks, 80% at 6-8 weeks, and 100% at 12 or more weeks.
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