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Is 'plantar heel pain' a more appropriate term than 'plantar fasciitis'? Time to move on

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Riel H, Cotchett M, Delahunt E, Rathleff MS, Vicenzino B, Weir A, Landorf KB. Is 'plantar heel pain' a more appropriate term than 'plantar fasciitis'? Time to move on. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Nov;51(22):1576–1577. PubMed #28219944.
Tags: plantar fasciitis, etiology, foot, leg, limbs, pain problems, overuse injury, injury, tendinosis, pro

PainSci summary of Riel 2017?This page is one of thousands in the PainScience.com 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. ★★★★★?5-star ratings are for sentinel studies, excellent experiments with meaningful results. 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.

A short, articulate paper arguing that plantar heel pain is too poorly understood to be named after any specific cause. “Plantar fasciitis” implies only one of several possible explanations for the condition. The authors “propose the term ‘plantar heel pain’ to describe the condition of pain under the heel when no differential diagnoses are indicated and until further research is undertaken to arrive at a clear understanding of the appropriate terminology and associated diagnostic criteria.”

The authors’ deserve credit for their unusually enlightened acknowledgement of an important principle: “although it should be noted that there is an unpredictable association that exists between pain and tissue integrity, as pain is an output of the brain and is not just simply caused by a noxious stimulus at a local level.”

~ Paul Ingraham

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