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Easing the pain of plantar fasciitis

To relieve heel pain, simple therapies may be all you need.

Getting out of bed in the morning marks the beginning of a new day, but it can be an excruciating start for people with plantar fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain in adults. Plantar fasciitis affects more than two million people each year in the United States, and the majority of them are women. The main symptom is intense pain that feels like a deep bruise on the bottom of the foot, just in front of the heel. It's usually at its worst first thing in the morning and when you get up after sitting for a long time. The pain may go away as you walk around, but it's likely to return at the end of the day if you spend a considerable part of it on your feet.

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