An Inflammatory condition
caused by overuse injury
Mostly common in middle
The most common cause of
planter heel pain
Develops as an outcome of
repetitive traction forces affecting on the planter fasica at the origin point
over the distal calcaneus
During the physical
examination its important to ask the patient about the things that makes the
pain worse and what makes the patient ease and better the situation.
Patients came with
history of severe sharp pain at heel during the first couple of steps early in
the morning or after long
non weight bearing periods.
Pain and tenderness ,
mostly on the medial and anterior aspect
of caclacneus near the sole of heel are its characteristics features. This pain
may radiate proximally in more severe cases.
In addition to the pain,
there may be a complaint of localized heel swelling and stiffness in the foot.
Limping is evident and
the toe walking may be preferred by patients.
Initially the pain decreases
as the patient starts walking but this may increase after the increase of the activity all over the day.
Pain may get stronger by
walking barefooted on hard surfaces or climbing the stairs.
When there is less
severity, the pain will be loacalized below the heel bone but in more serve
cases the pain may be reproduced to the proximal of the planter fascia.
Tight Achilles tendon may
add the severty causing the limited dorsi flexion
Other foot problems like
pes planus, pes cavus or overpronation can be observed.
Windlass Test (Passive
dorsiflexion of toes)
During the examination,
palpation over the planter medial calcaneal
tubercle at point of planter fascia to heel bone , may reproduce the pain of
According to some
studies, Sometime patients adopt such walking pattern where they can offload
the heel and medial fore foot to compensate and reduce pain
MAY INCREASE THE RISH OF DEVELOPING THESE CONDITIONS
There are many
proposed risk factors for plantar heel pain, including
increased body mass index (BMI),
limited ankle joint dorsiflexion,
leg length discrepancy,
diminished heel pad thickness,
excess pronation and
limited range of motion of the first metatarsophalangeal
Non surgical treatments
include rest, massage therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, night
splints, heel cups/pads, injections, cases
and physiotherapy options like sock wave therapy.
Studies shows that 90% of
patients are successfully treated with non surgical management.
If condition remain same
after 6 months of the start of non surgical treatment, surgery is the only
First treatment option for planter fascitis is the
Orthotics management is
low cost, noninvasive and economically more acceptable to the patient.
The purpose of the
orthotic treatment is to adapt the unnecessary mechanical stresses and to prevent the strains due to
overloading on planter fascia.
fabrication/selection of orthoses, it is important to consider the structure of
the planter arch and the fat pad under the heel. As these are reported as the
main contributor factor to
increase the strain in the fascia.
Provision of immediate, intermediate and long
term relief is effectively done by the foot orthosis.
Strong evidence is still require to choose
between the prefabricated and customized orthses for such condition to get
It is very much needed to get the response of
the patients either they we benefited , average or completely not benefited
from either of the options..
CUSHIONS & PADS
Heel pads are commonly made
up of polyvinyl chloride, silicone,
leather, polyethylene foams like Plastizote, and thermoplastics
Provision of extra shock absorption in the heel
Help to shock absorbing during heel stricke and
Soft heel cups cushion containing the fat pad,
are effective for a plantar calcaneal bursitis or plantar heel spur syndrome
Heel cushion made up of silicon has a built-in softer
durometer area. The special design is to dissolve weight around the plantar
medial tubercle of the calcaneus.
A slight heel lift not thicker than one quarter
inch is some time help fot to shift pressure to forefoot.
Sometimes, using a heel lift is helpful in
shifting pressure to the forefoot. Keep in mind that
THE SOFT INSOLE
with adjusted medial arah
support – reduces the tension through out the fascia.
an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) positioned in
about 5 degrees dorsiflexion.
only to wear at night.
To prevent the contractures of Planter fascia
at night in result of planter flexed position.
HOW THEY CAN BE