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Plantar fasciitis is very common in runners, people who are overweight or obese, pregnant women, and those who wear shoes with inadequate support.
It's believed that plantar fasciitis, and its associated heel pain or arch pain, is caused by the degeneration of the plantar fascia tissue, beginning with small tears that occur during activity. Under normal circumstances, these tears repair themselves when resting and sleeping, which strengthens the tissue. But sometimes the continued tissue damage overwhelms the body's capacity to heal, small tears continue to accumulate, and the tissue begins to degenerate. Heel pain is the response.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis
Causes of plantar fasciitis
Treatment of plantar fasciitis
Your podiatrist at PA Foot and Ankle Associates may recommend one or more of the following treatments to manage your plantar fasciitis pain:
Dr Teichman of PA Foot and Ankle Associates, describes how plantar fasciitis causes heel pain in this 2-minute video.