Plantar fasciitis is diagnosed by a health care provider who listens carefully to your description of symptoms. During an exam of your feet, your health care provider will have to press on the bottom of your feet -- the area most likely to be painful in plantar fasciitis. Because the pain of plantar fasciitis has unique characteristics -- pain upon rising, improvement after walking for several minutes, pain produced by pressure applied in a specific location on your foot but not with pressure in other areas -- your health care provider will probably feel comfortable making the diagnosis based on your symptoms and a physical exam. Your health care provider may suggest that you have an X-ray of your foot to verify that there is no stress fracture causing your pain.
While there are no sure ways to prevent plantar fasciitis, these prevention tips may be helpful:
- Keep your weight under reasonable control.
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes.
- Use care when starting or intensifying exercise programs.