ChiroACCESS Clinical Review

Plantar Fasciitis: Diagnosis

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Lead Author(s): 

Dwain M. Daniel, D.C.


How this evidence was rated:

Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT)

Published on

September 1, 2006

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Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a condition that is relatively easy to diagnose based on patient history, observation and physical examination. Surprisingly few, if any, studies have been performed to test the sensitivity and specificity of the diagnostic protocols for PF. Strength of recommendation ratings are primarily based on consensus and opinion. Since there is no information to the contrary, the scientific community apparently has accepted these protocols without additional investigation. It should be noted the diagnostic term plantar fasciitis is most likely an error in terminology as the condition does not appear to be inflammatory in nature but is usually a degenerative condition resulting in thickening of the plantar aponeurosis at the calcaneus (1).

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