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Plantar fasciitis: Mechanics and pathomechanics of treatment


Tags: plantar fasciitis, running, strain, treatment, devices, etiology, foot, leg, limbs, pain problems, overuse injury, injury, tendinosis, exercise, self-treatment, muscle, pro

PainSci summary of Kwong 1988?This page is one of thousands in the bibliography. It is not a general article: it is focused on a single scientific paper, and it may provide only just enough context for the summary to make sense. Links to other papers and more general information are provided at the bottom of the page, as often as possible. ★★★☆☆?3-star ratings are for typical studies with no more (or less) than the usual common problems. Ratings are a highly subjective opinion, and subject to revision at any time. If you think this paper has been incorrectly rated, please let me know.

This is an expert opinion paper — not original research — which simply states that excessive pronation in the foot (part and parcel of having flat feet) is “the most common mechanical cause of structural strain resulting in plantar fasciitis.” This is debatable. The relevance of the reference is simply to demonstrate the diversity of opinion on the subject. It may well be that pronation and/or flat feet is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis, but it is certainly not the only mechanical factor that does so.

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An excessive amount and/or a prolonged duration of pronation is the most common mechanical cause of structural strain resulting in plantar fasciitis. Temporary relief of pain can be achieved by customary antiinflammatory drugs or therapy; long-term relief is achieved by adequate remedy of the aggravating pronation factors. A semirigid, custom-molded orthosis reduces excessive plantar fascial strain by supporting the first metatarsal bone and by controlling calcaneal position when in conjunction with a firm posterior counter shoe. A clinical environment with physician and orthotist together allows ideal evaluation and treatment of patients.

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