Health Shorts: Heel pain plays no favorites

Plantar fasciitis is a pain in the heel that shows no discrimination. It affects:

  • Both women and men (but is more frequent in women);
  • Both overweight couch potatoes and thin athletes;
  • Persons with flat feet and those with high arches;
  • Individuals who stand for long periods and those who walk in high heeled or other footwear that puts strain on the plantar fascia, a band of tissue on the sole of the foot.

Doctors believe that plantar fasciitis is a chronic degenerative condition caused by repetitive stress.

[SOURCE: Paul Cooper, M.D., “Current concepts in the management of heel pain,” Medscape General Medicine, October 31, 1997; Mayo Clinic Staff, “Plantar fasciitis,” MayoClinic.Com, March 24, 2009]

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Last Updated July 14, 2010