What is plantar fasciitis?

Did you know that your feet are likely to walk as much as 75,000 miles by age 50? Healthy feet are key to a healthy life. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic problems that can wreak havoc on the foot.

On the sole of the foot, the plantar fascia is a thick piece of tissue that runs from the base of the heel to the tip of the toes, along the arch of the foot. When it is inflamed or irritated, the condition is referred to as plantar fasciitis. Its symptoms are typically severe pain along the arch of the foot and the heel.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

People with abnormal foot arches — either flat or high — are more prone to plantar fasciitis, as are those with tight Achilles tendons (the tendon connecting your calf muscle to your heel). More commonly, it is an overuse injury, caused by sports like running or basketball, or prolonged walking or standing. It can also be a result of shoes with poor arch support, or even obesity.

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