Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis
In many cases there is no identifiable cause of plantar fasciitis; however, factors that increase your risk for developing it include:
Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis
Doctors once thought bony growths called heel spurs caused plantar fasciitis pain. Today they know this is not the case. Many people have heel spurs, but only half of those who have heel spurs also have foot pain. Plantar fasciitis pain can be treated without removing heel spurs in those who have them.
Plantar Fasciitis Diagnosis
Your doctor will perform a physical exam of your foot, checking for areas of tenderness. He or she may also order imaging tests, including X-rays or an MRI to rule out other causes of your heel pain, such as a pinched nerve or stress fracture.