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Review
. 2014 Dec;19(4):719-38.
doi: 10.1016/j.fcl.2014.08.010. Epub 2014 Oct 3.

Gastrocnemius Shortening and Heel Pain

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Gastrocnemius Shortening and Heel Pain

Matthew C Solan et al. Foot Ankle Clin. .

Abstract

Pain and reduced function caused by disorders of either the plantar fascia or the Achilles tendon are common. Although heel pain is not a major public health problem it affects millions of people each year. For most patients, time and first-line treatments allow symptoms to resolve. A proportion of patients have resistant symptoms. Managing these recalcitrant cases is a challenge. Gastrocnemius contracture produces increased strain in both the Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia. This biomechanical feature must be properly assessed otherwise treatment is compromised.

Keywords: Contracture; Gastrocnemius; Heel pain; Shortening.

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