Plantar Heel Pain

Plantar Heel Pain

Benedict F. DiGiovanni, MD

Michelle L. Prong, BA, MPH

John S. Gould, MD

Dr. DiGiovanni or an immediate family member serves as a board member, owner, officer, or committee member of American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. Neither of the following authors nor any immediate family member has received anything of value from or has stock or stock options held in a commercial company or institution related directly or indirectly to the subject of this chapter: Ms. Prong and Dr. Gould.


Pain on the plantar aspect of the heel is common and has multiple etiologies. Plantar heel pain is distinguished from pain in the posterior heel, as occurs at the Achilles tendon insertion or in the retrocalcaneal space. Plantar fasciitis is the commonly diagnosed condition, but a host of other disorders also can be responsible for a patient’s symptoms.1 A careful history and physical examination are essential to accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Feb 27, 2020 | Posted by in ORTHOPEDIC | Comments Off on Plantar Heel Pain

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