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JAMA Patient Page
September 17, 2003

Plantar Fasciitis

JAMA. 2003;290(11):1542. doi:10.1001/jama.290.11.1444

Heel pain is a common complaint that has many causes. Heel pain may result from inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot. This is called plantar fasciitis.

The plantar (foot) fascia (connective tissue) stretches under the skin across the arch of the foot from the heel to the base of the toes. When this tissue is torn, overused,or improperly stretched, it can become inflamed (fasciitis). Soreness, tenderness, and pain result. Persons who are overweight, female, or older than 40 years or who spendlong hours on their feet are especially at risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Athletes, especially joggers and runners, may develop plantar fasciitis.

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