Most cases of plantar fasciitis are diagnosed by a health care provider based on your symptoms and a physical exam in which he or she will press on the bottom of your feet -- the area most likely to be painful in plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the thick, fibrous band of tissue (''fascia'') that reaches from the heel to the toes and supports the muscles and arch of the foot. He or she may suggest that you have an X-ray of your foot to verify that there is no stress fracture causing your pain.
Patience White, MD, chief public health officer, Arthritis Foundation.
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