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The Heel Pad in Plantar Heel Pain

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The Heel Pad in Plantar Heel Pain

S Prichasuk. J Bone Joint Surg Br.

Abstract

A study of heel-pad thickness and compressibility using lateral radiographs, loaded and unloaded by body-weight, was carried out on 70 patients with plantar heel pain and 200 normal subjects. The heel-pad thickness and the compressibility index (resistance to compression) were greater in the patients than in normal subjects and significantly increased with age. In normal subjects, the thickness was greater in males than in females, but there was no significant difference in the compressibility. Increased weight led to an increase in heel-pad thickness and compressibility index. The body mass index was greater in patients with plantar heel pain than in normal subjects and 40% of the patients were considered to be overweight. Increase in the compressibility index indicates loss of elasticity and an increased tendency to develop plantar heel pain.

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  • Plantar heel pain.
    Howells RJ. Howells RJ. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1994 Sep;76(5):850. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1994. PMID: 8083288 No abstract available.

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