Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the bands of tissue that connect your heel to your toes. "Symptoms include pain in the bottom of your foot -- at the front or center of the heel bone. You might notice that it’s worse in the morning when you first wake up (first-step pain). And it may happen when you’re standing after having sat for a long time. You’re also more likely to feel it right after exercise," says podiatrist Dr. Caroline Gannon.
"Your doctor can normally tell if you have it just by checking for tender areas in your foot. Often, he can pinpoint what’s causing the pain by where it’s located. He probably won’t do any imaging tests. In rare cases, he might suggest an X-ray or MRI to rule out another cause, like a pinched or compressed nerve or stress fracture in your heel," says Dr. Gannon.
Source: Chuck Long, News Channel 5 [5/8/17]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PMP News.
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