ChiroACCESS Clinical Review



Plantar Fasciitis: Prevention

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Lead Author(s): 

Dwain M. Daniel, D.C.

  

How this evidence was rated:

Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT)



Published on

March 9, 2011

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Medline, CINHAL and MANTIS searches relating to prevention of plantar fasciitis (PF) returned only a handful of references.  Plantar fasciitis is a common  condition which is responsible for 1% of all visits to orthopedic surgeons (1) and accounts for 15% of adult foot pain complaints (2).  It is known for its recalcitrant nature and lengthy recovery time.  One study of conservative care found at  the 4 year follow-up 82% of patients eventually became asymptomatic yet 18% remained symptomatic (3).  Considering the prevalence and long term morbidity of PF, it is surprising the scientific literature has such limited information on prevention.

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References

1. 

Riddle DL, Schappert SM. Volume of ambulatory care visits and patterns of care for patients diagnosed with plantar fasciitis: a national study of medical doctors. Foot Ankle Int 2004; 25(5):303-310.

 [ Medline ID 15134610 ]

2. 

Rome K. Heel pain: diagnosis and management. Podiatry Now 2005;8(4):S1-S8.



3. 

Wolgin M, Cook C, Graham C, Mauldin D. Conservative treatment of plantar heel pain: long-term follow-up. Foot Ankle Int 1994; 15(3):97-102.

 [ Medline ID 7951946 ]

4. 

Riddle DL, Pulisic M, Sparrow K. Impact of demographic and impairment-related variables on disability associated with plantar fasciitis. Foot Ankle Int 2004; 25(5):311-317.

 [ Medline ID 15134611 ]

5. 

Irving DB, Cook JL, Menz HB. Factors associated with chronic plantar heel pain: a systematic review. J Sci Med Sport 2006; 9(1-2):11-22.

 [ Medline ID 16584917 ]

6. 

Riddle DL, Pulisic M, Pidcoe P, Johnson RE. Risk factors for Plantar fasciitis: a matched case-control study. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2003; 85-A(5):872-877.

 [ Medline ID 12728038 ]

7. 

Irving DB, Cook JL, Young MA, Menz HB. Obesity and pronated foot type may increase the risk of chronic plantar heel pain: a matched case-control study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2007;8:41.

 [ Medline ID 17506905 ]

8. 

Werner RA, Gell N, Hartigan A, Wiggerman N, Keyserling WM. Risk factors for plantar fasciitis among assembly plant workers. PM R 2010 Feb;2(2):110-6.

 [ Medline ID 20193937 ]

9. 

Riddle DL, Pulisic M, Sparrow K. Impact of demographic and impairment-related variables on disability associated with plantar fasciitis. Foot Ankle Int 2004 May;25(5):311-7.

 [ Medline ID 15134611 ]

10. 

Knobloch K, Yoon U, Vogt PM. Acute and overuse injuries correlated to hours of training in master running athletes. Foot Ankle Int 2008 Jul;29(7):671-6.

 [ Medline ID 18785416 ]

11. 

Riddle DL, Pulisic M, Pidcoe P, Johnson RE. Risk factors for Plantar fasciitis: a matched case-control study. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2003 May;85-A(5):872-7.

 [ Medline ID 18785416 ]

12. 

Irving DB, Cook JL, Menz HB. Factors associated with chronic plantar heel pain: a systematic review. J Sci Med Sport 2006 May;9(1-2):11-22.

 [ Medline ID 16584917 ]

13. 

Llana S, Brizuela G, Dura JV, Garcia AC. A study of the discomfort associated with tennis shoes. J Sports Sci 2002; 20(9):671-679.

 [ Medline ID 12200918 ]

14. 

Wilk BR, Fisher KL, Gutierrez W. Defective running shoes as a contributing factor in plantar fasciitis in a triathlete. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2000; 30(1):21-28.

 [ Medline ID 10705593 ]

15. 

Harty J, Soffe K, O'Toole G, Stephens MM. The role of hamstring tightness in plantar fasciitis. Foot Ankle Int 2005; 26(12):1089-1092.

 [ Medline ID 16390645 ]

16. 

Cheung JT, Zhang M, An KN. Effect of Achilles tendon loading on plantar fascia tension in the standing foot. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) 2006 Feb;21(2):194-203.

 [ Medline ID 16288943 ]