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Foot (Edinb). 2014 Sep;24(3):140-2. doi: 10.1016/j.foot.2014.06.004. Epub 2014 Jun 26.

Complete remission of plantar fasciitis with a gluten-free diet: relationship or just coincidence?

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1
Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Anatomy, Histology, Forensic Medicine and Orthopedics, "Sapienza" University, Rome, Italy. Electronic address: marco.paoloni@uniroma1.it.
2
Pediatric Neuro-Rehabilitation Division, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, IRCCS, Rome, Italy.
3
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit, Azienda Policlinico Umberto I, Rome, Italy.
4
IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana, Rome, Italy.
5
Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Anatomy, Histology, Forensic Medicine and Orthopedics, "Sapienza" University, Rome, Italy; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit, Azienda Policlinico Umberto I, Rome, Italy.

Abstract

We report the case of a 46-year-old woman with no known history for gluten sensitivity who presented severe heel pain, and was successfully managed with a gluten-free diet. Previously she had been unsuccessfully treated with several conservative remedies. The presence of musculoskeletal problems in patients with gluten sensitivity is not rare. To the best of our knowledge, however, this is the first case report mentioning the successful management of plantar fasciitis with a gluten-free diet. The case report highlights the importance of considering gluten sensitivity among other possible differential diagnosis for musculoskeletal pain insensitive to traditional therapies.

KEYWORDS:

Gluten sensitivity; Gluten-free diet; Heel pain; Plantar fasciitis

PMID:
25063015
DOI:
10.1016/j.foot.2014.06.004
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