What is the prevalence of plantar fasciitis?

Updated: Jan 22, 2019
  • Author: Craig C Young, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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There are many diagnoses within the differential of heel pain; however, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain for which professional care is sought. Approximately 10% of the United States population experiences bouts of heel pain, which results in 1 million visits per year to medical professionals for treatment of plantar fasciitis. [1] The annual cost of treatments for plantar fasciitis is estimated to be between $192 and $376 million dollars. [2] The etiology of this condition is multifactorial, and the condition can occur traumatically; however, most cases are from overuse stresses.


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