Plantar fasciitis is diagnosed by a healthcare provider who listens carefully to your description of symptoms. During an exam of your feet, your healthcare 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 healthcare provider will probably feel comfortable making the diagnosis based on your symptoms and a physical exam. Your healthcare provider may suggest that you have an X-ray of your foot to verify that there is no stress fracture causing your pain.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:
- Pain in the foot.
- Pain increases as the day goes on.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
Some causes of plantar fasciitis include:
- Having flat feet.
- Having a high arch in the foot.
- Being overweight.
- Bad quality shoes.
- Having tight achilles tendon or calf muscles.
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:
- Ice therapy.
- Heat therapy.
- Massage therapy.
- Stretch the muscles of the foot and calf.
- Change to a better fitting shoe.
- Chiropractic rehabilitation.
Preventing Plantar Fasciitis
Some preventative measures include:
- Keep your weight under reasonable control.
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes.
- Use care when starting or intensifying exercise programs.
If you experience plantar fasciitis and would like to take a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.