Thursday, April 28, 2011

Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick tissue that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated, inflamed and painful.

The ADAM Encyclopedia mentions these potential risk factors for plantar fasciitis:
  •  Having either high arches or flat feet.
  •  Being obese.
  •  Exposing the feet to repetitive stress, from activities such as running long distances, running on an uneven surfaces or running downhill.
  •  Gaining weight rapidly.
  •  Having tightness in the Achilles tendon.
  •  Wearing shoes that don't offer good arch support or have soft soles.

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