Lateral band plantar fasciitis is the most common type of heel pain. There are three main bands in the fascia. The medial band and central band arise from the medial calcaneal tubercle. They fan forward toward the metatarsal heads. The lateral and posterior bands are separate and originate from the smaller lateral tubercle. They fan distally towards the fifth metatarsal base. The fibers in the sided bands are different from those of the peroneus brevis, which are similar in shape but thinner and flat.
In the majority of cases, a patient’s lateral band fascia may be thickened or irritated. The fascia may also be abnormally thick or strained at the base of the fifth metatarsal. While the condition is typically associated with peroneus brevis tendonitis, lateral band plantar faciitis is more common than we might realize. Some causes include sural nerve entrapment neuritis, adventitial bursitis, autoimmune disorders, and asymmetry of the calcaneal tubercle.
The presence of supinatory forces may predispose a patient to lateral band plantar fasciitis. In some cases, the LC plantar fascia may be thickened at the insertion point, which is typically after a misstep. However, the disease may also be caused by a weak or ineffective lateral band. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should visit a podiatrist immediately.
The most common variation of lateral band plantar fasciitis is a rupture of the medial band. It’s caused by degeneration of the plantar fascia. The condition typically results in heel pain, with a tendency to develop as the patient ages. It is also known as medial cord or lateral band. A diagnosis of lateral band plantar fasciitis depends on the underlying cause.
The proximal and lateral cords are the most common sites of this condition. A sprain usually involves the lateral band, which is responsible for pain in the heel. If the pain is originating from the central band, it is called a proximal-heel plantar fasciopathy. In a case of lateral band plantar fasciopathy, the proximal part of the central cord is affected. The lateral band is the lateral one.
The symptoms of lateral band plantar fasciitis are very common. It is caused by irritation of the lateral calcaneal tubercle, and it can be related to a bunion. This condition is often the result of an over-extended calf. Some of the earliest symptoms include tenderness and weakness in the lateral foot. During the first month of a bunion, the patient may have pain in the lateral area.
A patient with lateral band plantar fasciitis should be examined by a physician for symptoms and a diagnosis of the condition. A symptomatic limb is usually painful on the outer part of the foot. It can cause difficulty walking. Besides causing pain, lateral band plantar fasciitis can affect the athlete’s walking or running gait. If left untreated, it can prevent the patient from performing the tasks they enjoy.
Some factors can predispose a patient to lateral band plantar fasciitis. These factors include a cavovarus foot, a true calcaneal varus, and an anterior-rearfoot varus. A person may have other predispositions to the condition. Regardless of the underlying cause, the patient should be treated for the pain.
The most common cause of lateral band plantar fasciitis is missteps during gait. A patient may have a cavovarus foot, a true calcaneal varus foot, or a rearfoot varus foot. In any of these conditions, the lateral band is thickened, causing pain in the area. A therapist may prescribe a specific medication to treat the condition.
The lateral band plantar fascia is responsible for the insertion of the peroneus brevis tendon in the foot. The condition can cause symptoms that mimic the insertion of the peroneus flexor tendon. Patients with this condition have chronic lateral foot pain that may aggravate with weightbearing. Most patients are unable to pinpoint the exact location of the pain, but point to the entire lateral aspect of the foot as the source of pain.