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Plantar fasciitis is a common foot ailment characterised by heel pain, especially during the first steps after waking up or after periods of inactivity. The condition involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. This band acts like a shock absorber, supporting the arch in your foot. However, too much pressure can damage or tear the tissues, leading to pain and stiffness. Various factors contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis, including excessive running, inadequate footwear, obesity, or having a foot arch that is either too high or too flat. It is also more common in middle-aged individuals. Identifying plantar fasciitis involves noting a sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. Consulting a podiatrist is essential for proper diagnosis and to explore treatment options to alleviate pain and prevent recurrence.
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