Research Article| Volume 57, ISSUE 3, P518-520, May 2018

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Changes in Rearfoot Alignment in Chronic Plantar Heel Pain


      Plantar heel pain is a common disabling condition in adults. Biomechanical factors are important in the development of plantar heel pain. Quantitative changes in rearfoot alignment in patients with plantar heel pain have not been previously investigated. From April 2016 to March 2017, 100 patients with plantar heel pain and 100 healthy individuals were recruited. The foot posture index was used for the measurement of foot alignment. The generalized joint hypermobility condition was assessed using the Beighton scale. The transverse plane talocalcaneal angle, calcaneocuboid angle, talonavicular uncovering angle, calcaneal inclination angle (CIA), talar declination angle, talar–first metatarsal angle, and sagittal talocalcaneal angle were measured on standard weightbearing anteroposterior and lateral foot radiographs. The body mass index was recorded electronically. The distribution of sex, age, weight, body mass index, side, foot posture index score, and Beighton scale were comparable between groups (p > .05). The mean calcaneocuboid angle (p = .009), talonavicular uncovering angle (p = .000), CIA (p = .000), talar declination angle (p = .039), and talar–first metatarsal angle (p = .000) were significantly higher in the plantar heel pain group. In conclusion, our study has demonstrated a relationship between chronic plantar heel pain and the CIA.

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