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Health Tip: What's Plantar Fasciitis?

- Plantar fasciitis is a common condition -- caused by overuse -- and characterized by often severe pain in the heel.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers additional information about the condition, including its risk factors:

  • Women and people who are overweight are more likely than others to develop plantar fasciitis.
  • Frequent running or walking for exercise may increase your risk of developing the condition.
  • People with flat feet or very high arches are at greater risk.
  • Standing or walking on hard surfaces for long periods also may increase your risk.
  • The injury usually doesn't hurt during exercise, but pain begins to develop afterward.
  • Pain may be most severe when waking up in the morning, or after rest.
  • Plantar fasciitis requires treatment to prevent it from becoming chronic.
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Posted: December 2007