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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.
  • 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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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
  1. Plantar Fasciitis. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
  2. Plantar Fasciitis and Bone Spurs. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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