March 21, 2013Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel. Doctors treat approximately 2 million patients for heel pain every year. If you haven't experienced this condition, consider yourself lucky! It causes stabbing heel pain and walking steps, often followed by a slow recovery. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot -- the plantar fascia -- becomes irritated and inflamed. The plantar fascia is designed to absorb the high stresses and strains we place on our feet, however, too much pressure can damage or tear the tissues. The body's natural response to injury is inflammation, which results in the heel pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis. This is a good time of the year to take a close look at this condition, as we all prepare for our outdoor fitness regimens. Plantar fasciitis often strikes runners and serious walkers, particularly if they've recently started going much faster or farther than their feet were accustomed to. It also strikes sedentary middle-aged people carrying a little extra weight. Plantar fasciitis often develops for no identifiable cause. However, there are many factors that can make you more likely to develop the condition condition including:
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