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How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

The first step in making a diagnosis involves obtaining a satisfactory history from the patient. Typical physical exam findings include tenderness on the bottom of the heel, closer to the midline, and mild swelling and redness. X-rays may reveal the presence of a heel spur protruding from the bottom front edge of the heel bone. This heel spur is a growth of extra bone produced over time because of a combination of the increased strain on the fascia and foot dysfunction. Other diagnostic tests, such as a bone scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound, are rarely needed.

More information on plantar fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis? - Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot that causes heel pain and disability.
What causes plantar fasciitis? - An abnormal step causes the plantar fascia to stretch irregularly, become stressed, and develop small tears, which results in inflammation (plantar fasciitis).
What're the symptoms of plantar fasciitis? - The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom of the heel, usually worst in the morning and improving throughout the day.
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed? - Typical physical exam to diagnose plantar fasciitis include tenderness on the bottom of the heel, closer to the midline, and mild swelling and redness.
What's the treatment for plantar fasciitis? - Initial treatment for plantar fasciitis usually consists of heel stretching exercises, shoe inserts, night splints, and anti-inflammatory medications.
How to prevent plantar fasciitis? - The best way to prevent plantar fasciitis is to wear shoes that are well made and fit your feet. Exercises that stretch the heel cord may help.
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