What is Plantar Fasciitis?

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Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.

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Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.

Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.

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  1. Dolph Camilli

    My exercise program is often tabled these days (I’m 76) because the bottoms of my feet hurt. The bottoms of my feet develop a thick, slick, papery layer of skin which is extremely sensitive, making me avoid walking as much as possible. I get some relief from icing my feet and also soaking them in Epsom Salts and applying one cream or another. After soaking I also use a pumice stone on the coarse “hide” which forms around the edges of my heels and toes, adding to my discomfort. Both conditions return within days. Is there a name for this condition? Is there anything else I could do to relieve the agony or eradicate the problem?

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