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. Your doctor may suggest stretches or wearing heel cups for relief. But call your doctor about your condition if it doesn’t improve, or if you notice redness or bruising on your heel.