How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

Diagnosis is made after the specialist takes note of the history and course of the condition and performs a physical examination of the foot. At times if other conditions are being considered, additional diagnostic testing may be necessary. These tests may include X-rays, bone scans, ultrasound, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) when needed. Occasionally, bone spurs on the bottom of the heel will be noted on X-rays, but this is not usually felt to be the source of the pain.

It is important to see the right specialist for heel pain. Heel pain can also be caused by other factors, including fracture or other trauma, stress fracture, tendinitis, arthritis, nerve entrapment, or cyst in the heel bone. The specialist will be able to obtain the proper history, perform an exam, and order the appropriate tests to determine the cause of your heel pain.

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