HOW PLANTAR FASCIITIS IS DIAGNOSED?

Your doctor will check your feet and watch you stand and walk. He or she will also ask questions about: . Your past health, including what illnesses or injuries you have had.Your symptoms, such as where the pain is and what time of day your foot hurts most.How active you are and what types of physical activity you do. . Your doctor may take an X-ray of your foot if he or she suspects a problem with the bones of your foot, such as a stress fracture. . TREATMENT: . Give your feet a rest. Cut back on activities that make your foot hurt.  Try not to walk or run on hard surfaces. To reduce pain and swelling, try putting ice on your heel. Do plantar release exercise Do toe stretches Do calf stretches Do towel stretches several times a day, especially when you first get up in the morning. (For towel stretches, you pull on both ends of a rolled towel that you place under the ball of your foot.) Get a new pair of shoes. Pick shoes with good arch support and a cushioned sole. Or try heel cups or shoe inserts. Use them in both shoes, even if only one foot hurts. . If these treatments do not help, your doctor may recommend splints that you wear at night, shots of medicine (such as a steroid) in your heel, or other treatments. You probably will not need surgery. Doctors only suggest it for people who still have pain after trying other treatments for 6 to 12 months.

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