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Plantar Fasciitis

Musculoskeletal

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition of the heel. Over 2 million Americans suffer from this uncomfortable condition, which is caused by the breakdown of the heel area or an injury to the foot. The plantar fascia is the band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot. It is the shock absorber protecting your delicate foot bones from impact. When the strain is too much, the tissue can tear, which leads to inflammation. The pain is stabbing in nature and is most common when getting out of bed in the morning. After walking for a little while, the plantar area stretches, and the pain is relieved. It can come back if you are on your feet for too long or do too much during the day. People who run tend to get plantar fasciitis or those who have flat feet and do not wear shoes with good support. It can affect one or both feet and the pain is most severe first thing in the morning. Activity can make it worse or standing on the feet for long periods. This article can help you understand more about this condition, how it is treated, and some helpful tips to relieve discomfort.

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