What Is Plantar Calcaneal Enthesophyte?

Q:
What is plantar calcaneal enthesophyte?

A:
Plantar calcaneal enthesophyte is a painful ailment, which occurs at the place where a tendon inserts into the heel bone on the bottom of the feet.

Plantar is derived from the Latin word planta, meaning the sole of the foot. Calcaneal is also a Latin word calcaneum which refers to the heel. Enthesophyte combines two Greek words enthesis and phyton, enthesis means an insertion, and phyton means something that is grown.

Plantar calcaneal enthesophytes appear at the calcaneal attachment point of the flexor digitorum brevis and the abductor hallucis. Flexor digitorum brevis is a muscle that flexes the toes. The abductor hallucis is a muscle that moves the big toe sideways away from the rest of the toes.

Keyword: plantar calcaneal enthesophyte.

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