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Definition  
Plantar Fasciitis is by far the single most common foot pain / heel pain issue people suffer from. Excessive motion and improper foot alignment can cause the foot to flatten and can repeatedly pull, stretch or even tear the plantar fascia causing inflammation and pain.

It can be a single abrupt overload of excessive movement or physical activity that causes the injury or it can be an accumulation of normal activities that put stress on the foot every day.

Athletes are particularly prone to plantar fasciitis and commonly suffer from it. Excessive motion during running, jumping, or other repetitive activities can create excessive stress on the fascia.
 
  
Indication  
The most common complaint from plantar fasciitis is a burning, stabbing, or aching pain that usually (but not always) occurs on the inside of the foot near the heel and arch meeting point. Pain can also be felt through-out the plantar-foot area.

Many sufferers will describe the pain being especially acute first thing in the morning with the first few steps they take. This happens because during the night the plantar fascia has rested and tightened and started to heal and with the first step out of bed we place all our body weight on our feet and can pull at the plantar fascia reinjuring it.

Pain usually decreases as the tissue warms up, but may easily return again after long periods of standing or weight bearing, physical activity, or after getting up after long periods of sitting.
 
How Orthotics Can Help  
By reducing excessive motion and controlling and supporting the foot during physical activities an orthotic can help to limit how far the plantar fascia can be pulled or torn thereby reducing the stress and strain on the plantar fascia.

If the problem persists, consult your foot doctor.

 
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