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Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Plantar Fasciitis?

-- Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick tissue that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated, inflamed and painful.

The ADAM Encyclopedia mentions these potential risk factors for plantar fasciitis:

  • Having either high arches or flat feet.
  • Being obese.
  • Exposing the feet to repetitive stress, from activities such as running long distances, running on an uneven surfaces or running downhill.
  • Gaining weight rapidly.
  • Having tightness in the Achilles tendon.
  • Wearing shoes that don't offer good arch support or have soft soles.

Posted: April 2011

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