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Better shoes help you walk away from a common cause of heel pain

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. This intensely painful condition affects the tough, fibrous band of connective tissue (fascia) on the bottom of the foot. The pain comes from the spot where the band attaches to the heel bone. Healing from a flare-up can take months, but in the meantime basic self-help steps can relieve the pain and inflammation. Wearing shoes that support the arches of the feet is important to prevent or relieve heel pain from plantar fasciitis. For cases that do not get better on their own, doctors can offer a range of therapies that help most people recover, but they don’t work for everyone.
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