What is Plantar Fasciitis?

How do you know if you have plantar fasciitis? Well, it’s best to start with the symptoms of the condition and then we can move onto self-diagnosis. So, let’s take a look at what plantar fasciitis is and how to know if it’s a condition in your feet.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Yes, it’s tough to pronounce but it’s easy to understand what it is — pain caused by inflammation in the heels and toes. Basically, it arises from problems with the bands which connect your toes to your heels. Usually, this results in pain at the bottom of your feet. More particularly, pain in the front of the heel bone or in the center of the heel bone.

How Do I Know if I have Plantar Fasciitis?

Most often, you will not be able to really diagnose plantar fasciitis. However, if you do experience pain in the center or in front of your heel bone, you might have the condition. However, plantar fasciitis is typically diagnosed by a physician. Usually, a doctor will examine your feet and test for tenderness in certain areas of your feet. Generally, this will only require a physical exam and not any x-rays or other types of imaging. Although, in some cases, it does require an x-ray or an MRI to know for sure if its plantar fasciitis.

The good news is, most conditions of plantar fasciitis, will disappear within just a few months. If you do have it, resting your feet and taking OTC medications will be enough to treat the pain.