Relationship of Prevalence of Plantar Fasciitis to the Type of Flooring-a Community Based Observational Study
Aim: To evaluate the relationship of plantar fasciitis with the type of flooring.
Setting: A rural tertiary care centre.
Materials and method: 100 patients with physician diagnosed plantar fasciitis formed the cases and an equal number of people who never had plantar pain syndrome formed the control. Both groups were given a questionnaire and they were grouped according to the type of flooring.
Results: Among the plantar fasciitis group maximum number of people lived in cement or mosaic floored houses followed by marble floored houses and vitrified tile or marbonite floored houses. However on analysis of both patients and controls maximum prevalence of plantar fasciitis was noted among people living in marble floor houses. Least incidence was seen with wooden floored houses and old fashioned cow-dung floored houses.
Conclusions: Type of flooring does influence development of plantar fasciitis. Maximum incidence of plantar fasciitis was noted with people living in marble floored houses.
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