Plantar fasciitis is a common causes of heel pain involving inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. It commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning and normally decreases as you become more mobile, but it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting.
Plantar fasciitis is common in runners but also in those who are overweight or wear shoes with inadequate support.
Under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot. If tension and stress on that bowstring become too great, small tears can occur in the fascia. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed, though in many cases of plantar fasciitis, the cause isn't clear.
Ignoring plantar fasciitis can result in chronic heel pain that can hinders your regular activities. Changing the way you walk to minimize plantar fasciitis pain might lead to foot, knee, hip or back problems.
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