(HealthDay News) — Some 2 million people are treated for plantar fasciitis each year, says the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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The condition, which causes pain of the heel, occurs when tissue supporting the foot’s arch becomes irritated.

Often, plantar fasciitis develops without an identifiable reason. But obesity, a naturally high arch, running or increased activity raise your risk.

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More than 90 percent of people improve within 10 months of starting treatment. Rest, icing, stretching, orthotics and physical therapy are some of the many treatment options.

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