The overall prevalence of plantar fasciitis is on the rise throughout the country, and if you want to experience the appropriate relief from this nasty condition you must get the right pair of footwear that can provide the support you need. The diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is usually made by clinical examination alone. The clinical examination may include checking the patient's feet and watching the patient stand and walk. The clinical examination will take under consideration a patient's medical history, physical activity, foot pain symptoms and more. The doctor may decide to use Imaging studies like radiographs, diagnostic ultrasound and MRI. Sometimes physical therapy modalities are helpful. The most frequently used modalities include ultrasound (high frequency sound vibrations that create a deep heat and reduce inflammation) and galvanic electrical stimulation ( a carefully applied intermittent muscular stimulation to the heel and calf that helps reduce pain and relax muscle spasm, which is a contributing factor to the pain). This treatment has been found most effective when given twice a week. Repeated taping and padding is sometimes used. The felt pads that will be strapped to your feet will compress after a few days and must be reapplied. Unfortunately, any activity that causes pain is also increasing inflammation. The most common irritating activity with the plantar fascia is walking The first steps in the morning are generally the worse and as the plantar fascia stretches, the pain improves. However, the more you are on your feet, especially with walking , the greater the tissue becomes irritated. While you are experiencing pain you are adding to the inflammation. Thus, to get out of pain faster, limit standing and walking as long as you feel pain. Sep 25, 2010 By Jennifer Williams Photo Caption Pain can occur after plantar fasciitis surgery. Photo Credit left foot image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com The third item is supplementation. Tendons and fascia are made of bands of collagen fibers. One substance that helps make collagen strong is iodine. Most people don't know this small but significant fact, and most people also don't know that they have slight iodine deficiencies. If you don't have enough of this indispensable substance, all of the wear and tear that your plantar facia undergoes each day gets to be that much tougher to recover from. Kelp has a lot of iodine, and there are lots of kelp supplements on the market, but some of the best stuff comes from Iceland. Often there is no clear cause for plantar fasciitis , mainly in older people. A common incorrect belief is to the pain is due to a bony growth or spur coming from the heel bone. Many people have a bony spur of the heel spur however not everyone with this gets plantar fasciitis Then sudden increase in physical activity, excessive weight on the foot, usually attributed to fatness or pregnancy, rudely fitting footwear. During the first occurrence of the symptoms people who are experiencing the pain, have to go beyond the way and do something about it before worse things comes to worst.