Doctors usually diagnose
plantar fasciitis based on a medical history and a
physical exam. Your doctor will check your feet for problems that affect how
your feet work (biomechanical factors), such as a high arch, flat feet,
abnormal gait, or tight
Achilles tendon or calf muscles. Your doctor will also
look for excessive tenderness and examine joint motion and looseness, muscle
and tendon function, nerve function, and blood circulation.
Your doctor will do a physical exam
to evaluate heel pain.
Findings of a physical exam may include the
In a normal exam there is no pain, tenderness, or
swelling in the heel area. Structure, function, and biomechanics are normal as
Abnormal findings that may point to plantar fasciitis
include the following:
Your doctor usually will start
nonsurgical treatment without further testing. X-rays and lab tests usually are
not needed if the medical history and physical exam point to plantar
fasciitis and your doctor does not suspect other problems.
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerGavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
Current as ofMarch 21, 2017
Current as of:
March 21, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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