Runners’ feet take a pounding, and over time the plantar fascia and its associated structures may become damaged with microtears, bone spurs or stress fractures. Correct diagnosis and treatment are key to full performance recovery. In its early stages, plantar fasciopathy usually presents as heel pain. Careful assessment will distinguish plantar fasciopathy from other causes of heel pain.
The infographic explores the assessment and diagnosis of plantar fasciopathy. Heel bone stress to the calcanus or navicular bone, often associated with general low bone density.
In terms of objective assessment, identify motor deficiencies including balance, weight bearing dorsiflexion, calf strenght, isometric ankle strength and big toe extension. The infographic also informs how long running assessment should be delayed.
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