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Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar aponeurosis. The plantar fascia's main function is to anchor the plantar skin to the bone, thus protecting the longitudinal arch of the foot. The cause of plantar fasciitis is usually overuse in the physically active patient or in the patient unaccustomed to activity. Other causes include abnormal joint mechanics, tightness of the Achilles tendon, shoes with poor cushioning, abnormal foot position and anatomy, and obesity. In the younger patient, collagen vascular diseases and rheumatic diseases can lead to this entity. Patients present with pain on the plantar surface of the foot that is worse on arising and after physical activity. Examination usually reveals a point of deep tenderness at the anterior medial aspect of the calcaneus, the point of attachment of the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis is generally a self-limiting disease. Short-term treatment consists of rest, ice, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, heel and arch...
There appears to be a familial susceptibility. Diabetes, epilepsy or its treatment are also associated. The palmar and plantar fascia undergo thickening and contracture. In the foot the pressure of walking and standing maintain the foot's normal shape. In the hand, the medial side is most affected so that the little finger is held flexed. The condition can usually be considerably improved by excising the palmar fascia and carrying out Z-plasty on the overlying skin, since the tendons are not shortened.
Degenerative changes are frequently helpful or even definitive in the identification of unknown remains. We have already seen examples in the Ruxton case (14,15) and in the case of heel spurs of the calcaneus. Judging from the literature, it is rare to be able to match skeletal remains by lesions that arise secondary to disease processes. However, certain diseases have such distinctive features that they could be used for identification purposes. Several examples are shown in Figs. 25-29.
Like varus or valgus, ankle instability, or increasing a plantar fasciitis or calcaneum spurs. These foot consequences are also well described by Di Giovanni 54 and above all by C. Kowalski, who studied the gastrocnemius shortness 32, 75 . Kowalski treats this shortness by physiotherapy. I find more reliable long-term result in doing the Gastrocnemius Proximal Release (GPR).
Singh D, Angel J, Bentley G, et al Fortnightly review Plantar fasciitis. Br Med J 315 172, 1997. 26. Powell M, Post WR, Keener J, et al Effective treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis with dorsiflexion night splints A crossover prospective randomized outcome study. Foot Ankle Int 19 10, 1998. 27. Acevedo JI, Beskin JL Complications of plantar fascia rupture associated with corticosteroid injection. Foot Ankle Int 19 91, 1998.
This compression neuropathy of the posterior tibial nerve has recently received greater recognition as a cause of foot and heel pain. After coursing inferiorly to the medial malleolus, the posterior tibial nerve enters the tarsal tunnel. The plantar aspect of the tarsal tunnel is bound by the talus and calcaneus bones and by the tibialis posterior, flexor hallucis longus, and flexor digitorum longus. The dorsal aspect is bound by the inelastic flexor retinaculum, which extends from the medial malleolus to the calcaneus to the abductor hallucis muscle. The differential diagnosis includes plantar fasciitis and, if limited to the heel, Achilles tendinitis. Plantar fasciitis will cause point tenderness over the plantar heel and worse pain upon morning standing. Tarsal tunnel syndrome causes greater medial heel and arch pain due to involvement of the abductor hallucis muscle. Fasciitis pain may improve with gradual ambulation throughout the day, whereas tarsal tunnel worsens. In addition,...
Some homeless patients may not have an available change of footwear or a place to change and bathe. Socks and shoes may not be removed for days to weeks for reasons such as warmth, fear that footwear may be stolen, embarrassment, or coexisting mental illness. These factors, along with limitations in hygiene, predispose to fungal infections, which can be treated with topical or oral therapy. Also of concern in this population is the condition known as trench foot. 10 Protracted exposure to moisture around the foot (usually from wet or sweaty socks) leads to absorption of water into the stratum corneum. Over 1 to 2 days, such exposure causes inflammatory changes that result in foot pain and skin breakdown. Bacterial superinfection with Corynebacterium species and Pseudomonas species can ensue. In the absence of superinfection, analgesia, leg elevation, and drying are adequate to treat trench foot. In colder climates, frostbite from formation of ice crystals in the tissues is a serious...
PLANTAR FASCIA RUPTURE This is a tear in the plantar fascia at the point of insertion on the calcaneum. Patients describe a sudden pop and pain that is usually associated with sudden plantar flexion of the foot. Treatment is nonoperative. DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF SUBACUTE AND CHRONIC FOOT PAIN Patients frequently present to the ED with the complaint of foot pain of varying duration. Although several disorders that cause pain are obvious on inspection, including bunions, ingrown toenails, corns, hammertoes and blisters, other problems require a directed physical examination of the foot. The diagnosis and treatment of these disorders is described in Iable.269-1.
Which is resisted by tensile loading of the plantar fascia and the longitudinal ligament in the foot. Shear is a right-angle loading acting in opposite directions. A trainer creates a shearing load across athletic tape with scissor blades or their fingers when they tear the tape. Note that loads are not vectors (individual forces) acting in one direction, but are illustrated by two arrows (Figure 4.1) to show that the load results from forces from both directions.
First of all, patients recover comfort in foot and leg in standing position or in other functional aspects, due to the decreasing of the triceps surae tightness. The instability of the ankle disappears. The heel ground contact increases with easier walking without shoes or with flat heel shoes. GPR also improves the result of plantar fasciitis or calcaneum spurs treatment (including achillis insertion problem).
Pathologic change that is seen with different biomechanical foot types is well known, and although there can be deviations from the norm, for the most part assumptions can be made with a good degree of accuracy. The patient with a planus foot often presents in clinical practice with a complaint of arch pain, heel pain, hallux abducto-valgus with bunion deformity, and hammer toe deformity. Other complaints may involve joints above the ankle level including the knee and hip joints. The patient with a cavus foot often presents with complaints of chronic lateral ankle instability, digital contracture, and metatarsophalangeal joint contracture, with increased declination of the metatarsal heads. Significant metatarsalgia with intractable plantar keratosis (deep, nucleated callus) formation may be a complaint in addition to medical concerns above the ankle. This biomechanical classification system with its inherent abnormalities in fact may lead to a better understanding of foot pathologies...
In the physician's office, the clinical presentation of foot pain in many cases will be secondary to structural or biomechanical imbalances manifested by pathologic change. The deformities are often exacerbated by footwear, and pathologic change may be secondary to injury or disease. The foot undergoes many stresses during one's lifetime. The structure of the foot may be influenced by extrinsic factors, such as footwear, occupational stresses, and injury. Intrinsic factors may be genetically based or associated with biomechanical influences and may cause soft tissue and osseous pathology that may assist in identification efforts. Furthermore, juvenile foot problems, which are not uncommon, can lead to anatomical changes that can be translated into associated wear visible in their footwear.
Plantar fibromatosis, or Dupuytren's contracture of the plantar fascia, does not occur as commonly as in the hand. Plantar fibromatosis is a disorder of fibrous tissue proliferation, which slowly invades the skin and soft tissues. Presentation is generally in adolescence or young adulthood. Patients present with small (0.5 to 1.0 cm), asymptomatic, palpable, slowly enlarging, fixed, firm masses on the plantar aspect of one or both feet. These lesions tend to be in the non-weight-bearing areas of the foot. Toe contractures do not occur. These lesions have a tendency to reabsorb spontaneously. Treatment is conservative, and only rarely is surgery indicated. These patients should be referred to the appropriate consultant for continued care. 2 2 37
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