Navicular Position in Plantar Fasciitis: A Cross Sectional Study

Authors

  • Leah Mohandas
  • Sudeep M. J. Pais

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijpot.v15i2.14510

Keywords:

Plantar fasciitis, navicular height, flat foot.

Abstract

Background: The foot is a complex structure with multiple functions like weight bearing, propulsion and
shock absorption. Plantar fasciitis is an important public health disorder and most of the population may
have such a presentation at some point in their lifetime. Abnormal weight-bearing, standing for prolonged
periods can cause excessive loading on the plantar fascia causing heel pain. Navicular positions may have
an impact on the fascia hence this study intended on assessing the navicular position in subjects with plantar
fasciitis.
Methods: Written informed consent was taken from all subjects. 49 subjects were recruited for the study of
which 46 were females and 3 were males. The navicular height was measured using a goniometer.Descriptive
statistics were used for calculation of percentage values.
Conclusion: Our study concluded that subjects with plantar fasciitis did not have a navicular drop. Majority
of the participants had a high arch. Future studies should include larger sample size and also consider
recruiting all genders equally for optimal results.

Author Biographies

Leah Mohandas

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, Father Muller College of Allied Health Sciences

Sudeep M. J. Pais

Associate Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, Father Muller College of Allied Health Sciences

Published

2021-03-30