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Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia is overly stretched. A number of factors can contribute to this. While men can get plantar fasciitis, it is more common in women. You're also more likely to suffer from this condition as you age or if you:


  • Are overweight.

  • Take up a new form of exercise or suddenly increase the intensity of your exercise.

  • Are on your feet for several hours each day.

  • Have other medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus).

  • Tend to wear high-heeled shoes, and then switch abruptly to flat shoes.

  • Wear shoes that are worn out, with weak arch supports and thin soles.

  • Have flat feet or an unusually high arch.

  • Have legs of uneven lengths or an abnormal walk or foot position.

  • Have tight achilles tendons, or "heel cords."

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