Treating A Runner With Proximal Plantar Fasciitis, Hip Pain And A Limb Length Discrepancy

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Joseph C. D’Amico, DPM

   In this case, the heel pain was being perpetuated by the continued need for further collapse of the left foot to shorten the longer limb. This was not a symptom producer for everyday walking but because of the increased demands placed on the foot during running — the theory that during running, forces on the foot are increased by three times that of body weight and are three times that for everyday walking — the limb length discrepancy recurrently precipitated the calcaneal symptomatology.

   Dr. D’Amico is a Professor in the Division of Orthopedic Sciences at the New York College ofPodiatric Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. D’Amico is in private practice in New York City.

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