Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Do you have a sore heel?  The symptoms of plantar fasciitis all relate to pain and tenderness on the bottom of your foot, at or near the heel. In most cases, the pain:

  • IMG_5607Is worse when you take the first steps of the day on getting out of bed. This is the classic symptom of plantar fasciitis.
  • Burns, throbs, aches or feels sharp. Your heel may also feel bruised.
  • Increases after either sitting or standing for long periods.
  • Temporarily decreases after the foot warms up with walking.
  • Worsens after more intense or longer physical activity.
  • May feel worse when climbing stairs.
  • May move around the bottom of your heel area, sometimes on the bottom center, or the inside or outside. 
  • May affect only one foot, or both.
  • Develops over time, though it can develop suddenly after intense athletic exertion.
  • May include tenderness in the whole sole of your foot, which could be caused by related conditions like metatarsalgia.
  • May be related to knee problems, as the underlying problems that cause plantar fasciitis may also cause knee or hip problems.

Note: Other conditions, such as tarsal tunnel syndrom or arthritis may have similar symptoms, though may express slightly differently. It is important to get a proper diagnosis from your doctor and/or a podiatrist.

If you think you may have plantar fasciitis, learn more:

Treatment – What can I do NOW to start getting better?

Causes – Why do I have this problem? Did I do something wrong?

By Yolanda O’Bannon and Lobsang Wangdu

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