I went to the doctor last night, because the pain in the bottoms of my feet grew beyond my ability to deal with. While I was in the army, I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis - a swelling/hurting/damaging of the Plantar fascia - a tendon which runs along the bottoms of our feet. The doctor did an ultrasound of my feet, telling me the normal width of the tendon is 2-3mm. When he did my left foot he got a very 'shocked' look on his face. "wow. Thats..yeah...geesh..I've got you at 7mm. That's pretty inflamed." "At the risk of setting myself up to see something different, do you get pain in one foot more than the other?" 'they both hurt, but my right foot seems unbearable at times...' He measures, via the ultrasound.... "Holy - wow. Geesh..yeah, I'd say...cuz that's..heh..hold on a sec...yeah...that one...I don't often...I've got you at 10mm there. Ouch, eh? Most of the time I see ppl with this issue, they have about 4 or 5mm tendons...but a solid 7 - and a 10? Yeah...we need to get you fixed. How long as this been going on, because I notice some calcification of the bone as well" 'Started back in about 2000...just as I was getting ready to get out of the army...but lately...the pain has gotten bad. What drives me to visit you was the thought, "I can't remember the last time my feet didn't absolutely hurt"', I replied. So, he outlined several months of physical therapy, and I'll likely have to wear special inserts in my shoes for the rest of my life. :-/ But he thinks I could be pain free - or nearly pain free w/o surgery, and over the course of 4 or 5 months...however, if i stop wearing the orthotics, there's a likelihood the pain will come back over time. Still - beats dealing with what i've got now.