A friend and long-time yoga student who suffers from plantar fasciitis recently asked me a great question about conflicting ideas on the best path to foot care. Her plantar fasciitis had flared up and was creating considerable pain. She has been researching the benefits of barefoot living and has been working hard on her feet. During this flair up, her doctor recommended supportive, soft shoes to help things heal, However, this advice seems to go against the growing body of research which suggests that we need to get free of our dependency on orthotics and supportive shoes in order to rehabilitate our feet back to the natural and abundant abilities of bare feet. So, what is the right answer? How can she best help her feet through this flair up? Should she wear shoes or not? This answer is applicable to ALL feet, so if you are a mammal who has feet, this article may be of interest to you!