Actually, I had been having heel pain for about 2-3 years, but never went to the doctor because I would forget about it after I got those first 10 steps out of the way. I found out about plantar fascitis here on the DIS, looked it up and said 'bingo!" Tried some stretching exercises and it went away. I have an elderly father and a teen daughter. One or the other is usually complaining about some strange feeling somewhere. So when I see a post, I tend to read the posted symptoms as being far less acute than many responders do. I'm actually surprised at the number of "get to the ER NOW!" answers that come up on some of them.