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What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is foot or heel pain that is worse in the morning with the first couple of steps and then seems to get better the more steps that the person takes. Plantar Fasciitis is defined as inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a tough fibrous tissue that runs from the bottom of the foot at the heel to the toes.

Man hands giving foot massage to yourself after a long walk

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by a number of different scenarios:

  • Faulty running mechanics
  • Faulty foot mechanics
  • Tight calves or Achilles tendon
  • Overtraining
  • Sudden weight gain

Very often this condition is not serious and is usually resolved quickly with treatment. Some modification of activity may be necessary and shoe inserts or orthotics may be helpful. However, if left untreated a heel spur may form on the bottom of the foot which may not respond well to conservative care.

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