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Signs & Symptoms Orthopedics

Plantar Fasciitis
Signs and Symptoms

Plantar fasciitis is a degenerative condition that results from repetitive stress that causes micro-tears in the fascia. If these tears occur frequently, the body loses its ability to heal itself, so a chronic state of inflammation ensues. The hallmark symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel or arch pain in the sole of the foot. This pain is often worse at the beginning of the aggravating activity and lessens as the foot warms up. With severe plantar fasciitis, pain may be also be worse at the end of the day.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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