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Plantar fasciitis

Also known as Policeman's Heel

Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the sole (bottom surface) of the foot. It is often caused by overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. It is a very common condition and can be difficult to treat if not looked after properly. Another common term for the affliction is "policeman's heel".

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with plantar fasciitis, 95% report having foot or toe pain, 36% report having ankle pain, and 24% report having knee pain. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of plantar fasciitis are foot or toe pain, change in skin mole size or color, foot or toe cramps or spasms, and itchy scalp, although you may still have plantar fasciitis without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with plantar fasciitis often receive radiographic imaging procedure, plain x-ray, examination of foot, physical therapy exercises, application of splint, lipid panel, other therapeutic procedures and rectal examination .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with plantar fasciitis include triamcinolone topical product, etodolac, nabumetone, indomethacin, betamethasone topical product, acetaminophen / tramadol, zolmitriptan (zomig), estrogens, conjugated (usp) / medroxyprogesterone, selenium sulfide topical, cortisone, angelica sinensis preparation (toki), estrogens, esterified (usp) / methyltestosterone and trolamine salicylate topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for plantar fasciitis include age 30-44 years age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get plantar fasciitis.

Age

< 1 years
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1-4 years
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5-14 years
0.3x
15-29 years
0.4x
30-44 years
1.7x
45-59 years
1.9x
60-74 years
1.2x
75+ years
0.3x

Sex

Male
0.8x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.1x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
1.0x
Other
1.0x
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