Inflammation of a layer of fascia (fibrous connective tissue), causing pain and tenderness. Fasciitis is usually the result of straining or injuring the fascia surrounding a muscle; it most commonly affects the sole of the foot. Fasciitis may occur in people who suffer from ankylosing spondylitis (a rheumatic disorder affecting the spine) or Reiter’s syndrome (inflammation of the urethra, conjunctivitis, and arthritis). Treatment involves resting the affected area and protecting it from pressure. In some cases, a local injection of a corticosteroid drug is given. If fasciitis is part of a widespread disorder of the joints, treatment of this condition will generally improve symptoms.


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