Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the bands of tissue that connect your heel to your toes.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms include pain in the bottom of your foot -- at the front or center of the heel bone. You might notice that it’s worse in the morning when you first wake up (“first-step pain”). And it may happen when you’re standing after having sat for a long time.

You’re also more likely to feel it right after exercise.

How is it Diagnosed?

Your doctor can normally tell if you have it just by checking for tender areas in your foot. Often, he can pinpoint what’s causing the pain by where it’s located. He probably won’t do any imaging tests. In rare cases, he might suggest an X-ray or MRI to rule out another cause, like a pinched or compressed nerve or stress fracture in your heel.

Plantar fasciitis normally goes away on its own after a few months. Resting and taking over-the-counter pain meds can help reduce swelling and make you more comfortable. But call your doctor about your condition if it doesn’t improve, or if you notice redness or bruising on your heel.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on March 14, 2017

Sources

SOURCES:

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Plantar Fasciitis.” 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

KidsHealth.org: “Plantar Fasciitis.”

UpToDate.

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