A review of plantar heel pain of neural origin: Differential diagnosis and management

Alshami, Ali M., Souvlis, Tina and Coppieters, Michel W. (2008) A review of plantar heel pain of neural origin: Differential diagnosis and management. Manual Therapy, 13 2: 103-111.


Author Alshami, Ali M.
Souvlis, Tina
Coppieters, Michel W.
Title A review of plantar heel pain of neural origin: Differential diagnosis and management
Journal name Manual Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-689X
Publication date 2008-04
Year available 2007
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.math.2007.01.014
Volume 13
Issue 2
Start page 103
End page 111
Total pages 9
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
C1
320703 Peripheral Nervous System
321017 Orthopaedics
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
Abstract Plantar heel pain is a symptom commonly encountered by clinicians. Several conditions such as plantar fasciitis, calcaneal fracture, rupture of the plantar fascia and atrophy of the heel fat pad may lead to plantar heel pain. Injury to the tibial nerve and its branches in the tarsal tunnel and in the foot is also a common cause. Entrapment of these nerves may play a role in both the early phases of plantar heel pain and recalcitrant cases. Although the contribution of nerve entrapment to plantar heel pain has been well documented in the literature, its pathophysiology, diagnosis and management are still controversial. Therefore, the purpose of this article was to critically review the available literature on plantar heel pain of neural origin. Possible sites of nerve entrapment, effectiveness of diagnostic clinical tests and electrodiagnostic tests, differential diagnoses for plantar heel pain, and conservative and surgical treatment will be discussed.
Keyword Subcalcaneal pain
Plantar fasciitis
Nerve entrapment
Neurodynamics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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