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2021 Dec

Rev Med Liege



[Role of radiotherapy in the treatment of plantar fasciitis].


Alépée B, Kaux JF, Colin G, Piret P
Rev Med Liege. 2021 Dec; 76(12):855-861.
PMID: 34881828.


Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of talalgia in adult. It can affect a variety of individuals and its etiology is still unknown. Several factors are probably involved (repeated micro-traumatisms excessive tension, chronic inflammation…). In plantar fasciitis bone exostosis can be observed. The latter may also result into a functional incapacity due to major pain and therefore has a major impact on the quality of life. Several treatments with different efficacy are proposed to the patient. The role of radiotherapy is very limited, even if it's more frequently applied in Germany. The main goals of this article are to evaluate the place of the radiotherapy in the therapeutic approach, to confirm its efficacy and to assess the associated risks.