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How Can I Tell If I Have Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition that can make every step uncomfortable, but with 26 bones and a variety of ligaments and tendons in the foot, how can you tell if plantar fasciitis is the underlying culprit or if you are dealing with a different ailment? If you’re at all concerned or curious about what is going on in your foot, your best bet is to set up an appointment with a foot specialist like Dr. McDonald, but in today’s blog, we’re going to share some signs that your foot issue may be tied to plantar fasciitis.

Is My Foot Pain From Plantar Fasciitis?

Again, in order to confirm that you are dealing with plantar fasciitis, you’ll want to connect with a doctor who can view your foot in person and take any necessary images. With that said, here’s a look at some of the signs that are indicative of plantar fasciitis.

  • Morning Foot Pain – Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation and tearing of the connective tissue on the underside of your foot that connects your heel to your toes. Discomfort is felt when this tissue is stretched and strained, which happens when you take your first steps in the morning. Your plantar fascia contracts and relaxes while you are sleeping, so when you step out of bed in the morning, this tissue can be irritated when it is asked to handle the pressure of your body weight. Sharp foot pain or noticeable discomfort while your plantar fascia gets used to handling the pressure from your body are telltale signs of a plantar fascia injury. You may also notice this type of discomfort when standing after sitting for an extended period.
  • Discomfort With High Impact Activities – While any foot injury would likely feel worse during high impact activities, plantar fasciitis tends to develop in people who participate in high impact activities. Athletes, runners and dancers are all prone to plantar fasciitis onset, so if you participate in these high-intensity activities, know that there’s a decent chance that your discomfort is caused by plantar fasciitis.
  • No Obvious Injury – Plantar fasciitis can develop quickly or over time, but there isn’t always an obvious moment of injury like you might experience if you sprain your ankle or tear your Achilles. If you are dealing with pain and stiffness on the underside of your feet, and you didn’t experience an obvious trauma to the area, plantar fasciitis may be to blame.
  • Sharp, Stabbing Pain – While plantar fasciitis can sometimes present as dull pain, more often it develops as a sharp or stabbing pain on the underside of the foot or the heel pad. Again, this tends to be most noticeable with your first few steps in the morning or after a long day on your feet. Shooting, stabbing or sharp pain on the underside of your midfoot or heel is a common location for plantar fasciitis pain to develop.

If you believe you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis, or you simply want to figure out what’s going on in your foot, make it a point to connect with a foot specialist in your area. In the Hartford area, we hope you’ll reach out to Dr. McDonald to provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and individualized treatment plan. For more information, or for answers to any questions you might have, give his team a call today at (860) 244-8889.

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