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Plantar Fasciosis - Identification and Management

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Plantar Fasciosis - Identification and Management

Plantar Fasciosis commonly presents in the form of pain and tenderness in the plantar medial aspect of the heel, where the Plantar Fascia attaches to the calcaneal tuberosity. Patients often report the pain is acute on standing in the morning or following a period of non weight bearing, which progresses to a dull aching pain. Although it is often called fasciitis, and thought of as an inflammatory condition, the fascial degeneration and necrosis found in plantar fascia especially in chronic cases is more similar to tendinosis than tendonitis.   Differential Diagnosis Heel fat pad atrophy with age Calcaneal apophysitis/ enthesopathy/...

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The Rise and Fall of Minimalist Footwear

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The Rise and Fall of Minimalist Footwear

Since the release of the now infamous book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougal in 2009, barefoot running and running with minimalist footwear has experienced an unprecedented rise in popularity1. Online bloggers, brand marketing experts and self-proclaimed running experts jumped aboard the bandwagon and without adequate evidence to back up their claims, began proclaiming the benefits of barefoot running2,3,4. Barefoot and minimalist running have been advocated as a means of strengthening foot musculature and encouraging a better style of running5,6. However, it has also been associated with increased incidence of stress fractures and abrasions of the foot7. The foundations of...

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