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Plantar Heel Pain Best Practice Guidelines


Plantar heel pain

Following the publication of the paper “Management of plantar heel pain: a best practice guide informed by a systematic review, expert clinical reasoning and patient values” by Morrissey et al I wanted to run through the take home points from the article and how this can influence your clinical practice.


Who Will Have Plantar Heel Pain?


Plantar heel pain (PHP) is most commonly found in inactive middle to older aged people. Heel pain can exist as pain that starts after rest and increases or decreases with activity. Working out which type of heel pain your patient has relies on a solid history and physical exam.


Key points to consider about Planter Heel Pain:

  • Increase in activity level

  • Increase in weight

  • Acute incident/injury

  • Other causes (inflammatory, tendinopathy, neuropathic)