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Plantar fasciitis: Mechanics and pathomechanics of treatment

PainSci » bibliography » Kwong et al 1988
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One article on PainSci cites Kwong 1988: Complete Guide to Plantar Fasciitis

PainSci notes on Kwong 1988:

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.

original abstract Abstracts here may not perfectly match originals, for a variety of technical and practical reasons. Some abstacts are truncated for my purposes here, if they are particularly long-winded and unhelpful. I occasionally add clarifying notes. And I make some minor corrections.

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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