Health Tip: Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

(HealthDay News) -- Some 2 million people are treated for plantar fasciitis each year, says the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

The condition, which causes pain of the heel, occurs when tissue supporting the foot's arch becomes irritated.

Often, plantar fasciitis develops without an identifiable reason. But obesity, a naturally high arch, running or increased activity raise your risk.

More than 90 percent of people improve within 10 months of starting treatment. Rest, icing, stretching, orthotics and physical therapy are some of the many treatment options.

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