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 or running. Shoes that offer proper support for the foot's arch can help prevent plantar fasciitis. Many symptoms are associated with this chronic problem.
Plantar fasciitis develops in stages. It may begin with slight discomfort in the foot, especially noticeable when walking or running. Sometimes it feels as if you have a rock or a pebble in your shoe when nothing's there. This happens more often when you wear heavy shoes with hard soles and little flexibility.
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