Plantar fasciopathy
published in January - February 2017 - in Il Fisioterapista - issue n.1
Alice Tiberi

Plantar fasciopathy is a chronic degenerative process that causes medial plantar heel pain in adults and is responsible for approximately one million physicians visits each year. Patients with plantar fasciopathy experience pain that is most intense during their first few steps of the day or after prolonged standing or sitting position. The etiology is poorly understood and is likely the result of multiple factors. Recent studies have identified obesity or sudden weight gain, reduced ankle dorsiflexion, pes planus and occupation with prolonged weight-bearing as the most relevant risk factors. The condition is usually diagnosed clinically, based on the history, risk factors and physical examination. Routine imaging is not initially recommended, but it may be required for a differential diagnosis.