Why is Plantar fasciitis called Policeman’s foot?

There are many terms for plantar fasciitis and Policeman’s foot is probably the most widely used.

The term Policeman’s foot probably comes from the fact that Plantar fasciitis was a very common problem amongst police officers walking the beat.  It can also be referred to as Policeman’s Heel.

Some of the other terms used are:

Heel Spur – Probably one of the most common misconceptions is that a ‘heel spur” which is a bony growth from underneath the heel bone (calcaneus), is the cause of plantar fasciitis.
Some people can have a heel spur with no symptoms and many cases of plantar fasciitis do not involve a heel spur.

Flip Flop disease – A term more readily heard in the U.S.
The simple nature of keeping flip flops on the feet, means that the toes tend to grip to a lesser or greater degree when walking.  This action tightens the plantar fascia and does not allow the correct heel strike, mid stance, toe off mechanism required for effective gait.
Most flip flop styles of footwear also tend to be very flat, offering no support to the arch of the foot.

Dog’s Heel – This term seems to be English in origin but so far I have not found any written evidence to support the reason why this name was used.
Sufferers of plantar fasciitis find it very painful to put their feet flat on the floor, especially in the mornings, making them walk on the ball of their foot and toes.  As dogs only walk on their phalanges (toes), this could explain the connection.
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