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Plantar Fasciitis Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis before?
  • Have you had a gait evaluation?
  • When did you last replace your athletic shoes?
  • Have you noticed any improvement with your stretching exercises?
  • What types of exercises have you added to your workout routine?
  • Are you ready to try physical therapy?
  • Where on your foot are you having pain?
  • Is the pain worse at specific times of day, such as after waking up in the morning?
  • Is the pain worse or better after exercising?
  • What seems to make the pain better?
  • Are you a runner? How many miles do you run during an average week?
  • What kind of shoes do you wear during exercise? On a typical day?
  • How long have you been taking an NSAID for plantar fasciitis?
  • What treatments have you tried so far? How successful have they been?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have plantar fasciitis?
  • How do you diagnose plantar fasciitis?
  • What factors contribute to developing plantar fasciitis?
  • What treatments are available for plantar fasciitis?
  • Should I see an orthopedic surgeon or other specialist?
  • What changes to my footwear or exercise routine do I need to make?
  • What treatment do you recommend for my plantar fasciitis?
  • Can physical therapy help my plantar fasciitis? How long will I need it?
  • How likely is it that my plantar fasciitis will heal without surgery?
  • When do you recommend surgery for plantar fasciitis?
  • How long is it safe to take an NSAID for plantar fasciitis?
  • Could my new or different symptoms be related to plantar fasciitis?
  • What other treatments are available for plantar fasciitis? Am I a candidate for surgery?
  • Does plantar fasciitis tend to recur? How can I prevent a recurrence?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Plantar Fasciitis. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/plantar-fasciitis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354851
  2. Plantar Fasciitis and Bone Spurs. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/plantar-fasciitis-and-bone-spurs