Plantar fasciitis, the most common orthopedic problem that causes pain in the heel's bottom. It happens when the plantar fascia thins and wears out, thus reducing the protection and support on the feet.
The plantar fascia is a weblike ligament connecting the heel to the toes. It enables a person to walk and move. It also serves as the feet's shock absorber.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, there are approximately a million patients a year who go to the doctor complaining of plantar fasciitis. About 10% of runners suffer from this injury. Likewise, it is also prevalent in 10% of the general population who are active and working adults.
The risk of developing plantar fasciitis is greater for people who are overweight or obese, or heavy with a child. There is more pressure on the ligaments in the foot when there is more weight. Thus, pregnant women may often complain of their feet aching, especially in the last trimester of their pregnancy.
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