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Q. What is Plantar Fasciitis?

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A. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia.

What causes it?
One of the most common foot-related ailments, plantar fasciitis is caused by a straining of the ligament that supports the arch, as repeated strain can cause tiny tears, which may lead to pain and swelling. This can be caused by a number of factors, including over-pronation (also known as flat feet) high arches, excessive weight being placed on the foot (usually a result of obesity or pregnancy), and unsupportive footwear. Consult your physician to ensure proper diagnosis though.

To effectively treat your plantar fasciitis, it's helpful to identify what exactly is causing the strain, as well as choose footwear that provides extra support.

Think plantar fasciitis might be the cause of your chronic foot pain? Read "What Is Plantar Fasciitis" to learn more.

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