Skip to Content
Rush-Copley Medical Group
Home > Health & Fitness > Healthwise > Physical Exam for Plantar Fasciitis
Doctors usually diagnose
plantar fasciitis based on a medical history and a
physical exam. Your doctor will check your feet for problems that affect how
your feet work (biomechanical factors), such as a high arch, flat feet,
abnormal gait, or tight
Achilles tendon or calf muscles. Your doctor will also
look for excessive tenderness and examine joint motion and looseness, muscle
and tendon function, nerve function, and blood circulation.
Your doctor will do a physical exam
to evaluate heel pain.
Findings of a physical exam may include the
In a normal exam there is no pain, tenderness, or
swelling in the heel area. Structure, function, and biomechanics are normal as
Abnormal findings that may point to plantar fasciitis
include the following:
Your doctor usually will start
nonsurgical treatment without further testing. X-rays and lab tests usually are
not needed if the medical history and physical exam point to plantar
fasciitis and your doctor does not suspect other problems.
Complete the medical test information form (PDF)medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Retrieving newsletters from the Web service...
Sorry, the newsletter Web service is unavailable at this time.
You have signed up for the selected newsletters.
© Copyright 2014 Rush-Copley Medical Center • 2000 Ogden Avenue; Aurora, IL 60504
Main: 630-978-6200 • Physician Referral & Information: 630-978-6700 or 866-4COPLEY (866-426-7539)