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Heel pain . How can I tell if it's plantar fascitis ?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
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In brief: Pain to the heel

In the morning on the first few steps that gradually goes away with walking is a good indicator. The pain is on the bottom of the heel and or the arch.

In brief: Pain to the heel

In the morning on the first few steps that gradually goes away with walking is a good indicator. The pain is on the bottom of the heel and or the arch.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: See an expert

Plantar fasciitis tends to present with heel pain (although exact location can vary, it is usually most tender just off the bony part of your heel as you move your fingers toward your toes).
It is worse first thing in the morning. It usually improves with stretching the fascia and the calf, icing, and fixing the mechanical factors that contributed to it. ( often with the help of pt).

In brief: See an expert

Plantar fasciitis tends to present with heel pain (although exact location can vary, it is usually most tender just off the bony part of your heel as you move your fingers toward your toes).
It is worse first thing in the morning. It usually improves with stretching the fascia and the calf, icing, and fixing the mechanical factors that contributed to it. ( often with the help of pt).
Dr. Lauren Elson
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
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In brief: History and physical

Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present.
Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as, infection, tendonitis, arthritis, stress fracture, nerve irritation, retained foreign body, bone tumor, or a cyst. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

In brief: History and physical

Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present.
Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as, infection, tendonitis, arthritis, stress fracture, nerve irritation, retained foreign body, bone tumor, or a cyst. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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In brief: Fasciitis

Patients that have plantar fasciitis usually experience pain when you get out of bed in the morning and pain after sitting down for long periods of time.
The pain is usually on the plantar inside of the heel.

In brief: Fasciitis

Patients that have plantar fasciitis usually experience pain when you get out of bed in the morning and pain after sitting down for long periods of time.
The pain is usually on the plantar inside of the heel.
Dr. Jordan Steinberg
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine

In brief: Location and history

Plantar fasciitis occurs on the bottom of the heel (as opposed to the back on the heel), and classically, the pain is at its worst with the first few steps out of bed.
The pain then relents and often recurs at the end of the day after spending several hours on one's feet. It is most often seen in middle-aged individuals (35-55), as it often is a condition of degeneration of this ligamentous tissue.

In brief: Location and history

Plantar fasciitis occurs on the bottom of the heel (as opposed to the back on the heel), and classically, the pain is at its worst with the first few steps out of bed.
The pain then relents and often recurs at the end of the day after spending several hours on one's feet. It is most often seen in middle-aged individuals (35-55), as it often is a condition of degeneration of this ligamentous tissue.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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