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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-52

The clinical correlation of tight tendo achilles with plantar fasciitis

Department of Orthopaedics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Plantar fasciitis is a common foot complaint due to the overload of plantar fascia at its calcaneal insertion compounded by other associated anatomical or systemic causes. One hundred feet in 50 patients over the age of 20 years were studied, and categorised into symptomatic and asymptomatic, and asymptomatic feet were used as control. Significant restriction of dorsiflexion was noticed when measured with knee in extension and with knee in flexion. No correlation was observed between duration of symptoms and the degree of restriction of dorsiflexion as well as the loss of power and degree of decrease in circumference or bulk of posterior calf muscles. No correlation was found between plantar fascitis and obesity, pes planus, diabetes, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and calcaneal bone spur. The strength and flexibility deficits in posterior calf musculature in plantar fasciitis was seen. These deficits are either the cause or contribute to the morbidity.

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