What is the prevalence of plantar heel pain?

Updated: Oct 01, 2018
  • Author: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Thomas C Dowd, MD  more...
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Although the exact prevalence of plantar heel pain is unknown, it is estimated that more than 2 million Americans seek treatment for plantar heel pain each year. [12] The prevalence in active and military populations is especially high. [13] Internationally, in both athletic and nonathletic populations, the incidence of plantar fasciitis is reported to be approximately 10%.

The average age of a patient with proximal plantar fasciitis is approximately 45 years. There is a known sex-based dimorphism in presentation, with proximal plantar fasciitis being twice as common in women as in men.


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