Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is characterized by pain and inflammation in the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot connecting the heel bone to the toes. The condition causes a stabbing pain that typically occurs with the first steps taken in the morning. Once the foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis usually decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing, getting up from a seated position, or engaging in activities such as running or walking.
There are several physical factors that can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis:
Non-biomechanical factors such as improper running technique, worn-out or improper running shoes, and increasing mileage too quickly can also play a role in the development of plantar fasciitis. If you suspect that any of these non-biomechanical factors may be an issue, it is recommended to consult with a running store or coach for proper guidance.
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