Heel pain due to prolonged standing or walking among health-care professionals: A survey study.

Published: 24 April 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/3td4mn9ckn.1
Sneha Thakur,


Background: The prominence at the posterior part of the foot is the heel. It is based on the calcaneus, or heel bone, which protrudes behind the articulation of the lower leg's bones. In the general population, heel pain is a common occurrence, especially in health-care professionals who spend a lot of time standing and walking. Between 17 to 24% of persons over the age of 18 have this condition. Aim: The aim of this study will be to determine how often health-care personnel experienced heel pain after prolonged walking or standing. Materials and method: This study was a cross-sectional study. 280 physiotherapists of age group between 20 years and 60 years participated in an online survey. The questionnaire had 3 parts including consent form, demographic data, questions related to heel pain. Result: According to this study, roughly 76.3% of participants felt some discomfort or soreness in their heels as a result of prolonged standing or walking. . Participants reported that 63.4% of the time, prolonged standing was the cause of their heel pain. In 58.4% of the subjects, heel pain was reported to be worse at night. Conclusion: The study's findings showed that the majority of health-care professionals experienced heel pain. Particularly after an hour of prolonged standing, the pain was moderate. Compared to other professionals, the discomfort was more prevalent among nurses, doctors, and pharmacists. Keywords: heel pain, Plantar fasciitis, foot, musculoskeletal disorders.


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A Google form was used to conduct a web-based cross-sectional survey. Following validation from physiotherapy professional staff, the self-administered questionnaire was distributed. Only professional staff with at least three years of experience were allowed to validate the questionnaire if 80 percent of the responses were positive. Following validation, the survey questionnaire was distributed to health-care professionals aged 20 to 60 to assess the prevalence of heel pain due to prolonged standing or walking. Because it was coherent, cost-effective, and data collection was simple, it was distributed through direct links on social media networking sites such as (WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook), Online Forums, and Gmail as part of a convenient sample method for an online survey research project. In addition, the questionnaire took about 3-4 minutes to complete. The study questionnaire was created with Google Forms and includes three sections that include demographic information and other questions.


Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation


Heel Pain, Healthcare Research, Physiotherapist, Prevalence Estimation