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A Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews on the Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

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MetroWest Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Framingham, MA 01702, USA
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Department of Physical Therapy, University of Delware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: William John Ribbans
Life 2021, 11(12), 1287; https://doi.org/10.3390/life11121287
Received: 21 October 2021 / Revised: 17 November 2021 / Accepted: 19 November 2021 / Published: 24 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation)
The number of systematic review and meta-analyses on plantar fasciitis is expanding. The purpose of this review was to provide a comprehensive summary of reviews on the topic pertaining to plantar fasciitis, identify any conflicting and inconsistent results, and propose future research direction. A qualitative review of all systematic reviews and meta-analyses related to plantar fasciitis up to February 2021 was performed using PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Database. A total of 1052 articles were initially identified and 96 met the inclusion criteria. Included articles were summarized and divided into the following topics: epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment. While the majority of reviews had high level of heterogeneity and included a small number of studies, there was general consensus on certain topics, such as BMI as a risk factor for plantar fasciitis and extracorporeal shockwave therapy as an effective mode of therapy. A qualitative summary of systematic reviews and meta-analyses published on plantar fasciitis provides a single source of updated information for clinicians. Evidence on topics such as the epidemiology, exercise therapy, or cost-effectiveness of treatment options for plantar fasciitis are lacking and warrant future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: plantar fasciitis; plantar fasciopathy; systematic review plantar fasciitis; plantar fasciopathy; systematic review
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Rhim, H.C.; Kwon, J.; Park, J.; Borg-Stein, J.; Tenforde, A.S. A Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews on the Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. Life 2021, 11, 1287. https://doi.org/10.3390/life11121287

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Rhim HC, Kwon J, Park J, Borg-Stein J, Tenforde AS. A Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews on the Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. Life. 2021; 11(12):1287. https://doi.org/10.3390/life11121287

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Rhim, Hye C., Jangwon Kwon, Jewel Park, Joanne Borg-Stein, and Adam S. Tenforde. 2021. "A Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews on the Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis" Life 11, no. 12: 1287. https://doi.org/10.3390/life11121287

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