Plantar fasciopathy: statistic relevant factors
published in January - February 2017 - in Il Fisioterapista - issue n.1
Massimo Bitocchi

This paper aims to assess significant statistic factors derived from recent studies about plantar fasciopathy. Plantar fasciopathy is one of the most common foot musculoskeletal disorders, affecting as much as 10% of the population over the course of lifetime, involving both athlete and sedentary people. This paper doesn’t represent a systematic review as collected data have been analyzed without following a methodological criteria. Risk factors for the plantar fasciitis are Body Mass Index (BMI), Foot Pronated Index (FPI) and limited ankle dorsiflexion. Running and prolonged standing are risk factors also, but weaker in evidence. Body Mass Index is the most significant statistic risk factor for plantar fasciopathy. There are other statistically significant associations, but they are supported by weak evidence due to the low quality of studies.