J Korean Foot Ankle Soc.  2007 Jun;11(1):57-61.

A Study of Prognostic Factors of Conservative Treatment in Plantar Fasciitis

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea. m3artist@daum.net
  • 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Catholic University College of Medicine, Kang-nam St. Mary Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE: We analyzed to find out prognostic factors in the conservative treatment for the plantar fasciitis.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
The data were collected from 145 patients, 159 feet (M:F = 51:108) with conservative treatment and analyzed for possible prognostic factors : sex, age of onset, the duration of symptom before treatment, pain score before treatment, the duration for symptom remission, medication period, calcaneal pitch angle, and presence of calcaneal spur.
RESULTS
The duration of symptom before conservative treatment is affected to the prognosis, and the borderline of the effective period was about 6 months.
CONCLUSION
With the conservative treatment of the plantar fasciitis, we found that (1) the duration of symptom before the conservative treatment was a prognostic factor, and (2) if the period before the conservative treatment was more than 6 months, the other treatment option such as surgery should be considered for this chronic group.

Keyword

Plantar fasciitis; Conservative treatment; Prognostic factor; Heel pain
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