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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-29

Plantar fasciitis: A review

Department of Pain Medicine, Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Nitin Ajitkumar Menon
3/361A Tambe Building, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Matunga (E), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400019
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpn.ijpn_3_18

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Plantar fasciitis, though a common condition seen by pain specialists, occasionally presents diagnostic dilemmas and very often the management of this condition suffers from lack of awareness of the varied treatment modalities and progressive escalation of treatment options. For this purpose, we searched through all articles with key words of plantar fasciitis or heel pain in the last ten years for which full text was available and compiled a narrative review to guide clinical decision making. An appreciation of pathomechanics of involved structures, possible differential diagnoses and a review of all treatment modalities presented in this article may perhaps help in simplifying matters. Treatment options consist of non-invasive physical therapy modalities, footwear modification, exercise program and newer modalities like shock-wave therapy, minimally invasive treatments like steroid or platelet-rich plasma injections and surgery in recalcitrant cases. Resorting to combining treatment modalities, step-wise escalation of treatment depending on duration of the condition and using our suggested step-ladder approach maybe an appropriate way of treating this condition.

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