Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick band of tissue that stretches from the heel to each toe. The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot and acts as a shock absorber during walking and running. Shoes that offer proper support for the arch can help prevent plantar fasciitis, which causes a number of symptoms.
Plantar fasciitis develops in stages. It may begin with slight discomfort in the heel or the arch of the foot, especially noticeable when walking or running. Sometimes it feels as if a rock is in one's shoe. This happens more often to people who wear heavy shoes with hard soles and little flexibility.
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