Exercise and Plantar Fasciopathy Treatment

Effects of Exercise Versus Exercise and Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization for Plantar Fasciopathy Treatment

This study compares the addition instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) to a program of home strengthening and stretching exercises to see whether adding weekly IASTM treatments improves plantar fasciopathy pain and plantar fascia stiffness.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Instrumental-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)

Instrumental-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) will consist of treatment focused on the plantar surfaces of foot, posterior heel, and lower leg. The IASTM will be implemented using Graston Technique Instruments by clinicians trained and certified in the technique. Each 10-minute treatment will consist of two phases: 1) six-minute static phase, which includes tissue status screening and soft tissue mobilization, and 2) four-minute dynamic tissue mobilization phase. The treatment will focu more on

High-Load Strength Training

Participants will perform a heel raise exercise used by Rathleff et al (2015). The exercise will be performed twice daily. While standing with the forefoot on a step, the toes will rest on a partially folded towel, placing them in a maximally dorsiflexed position. The exercise will consist of a maximum ankle plantar flexion followed by maximal dorsiflexion. The concentric plantar flexion and eccentric lowering phases will be 3 seconds, with a 2 second isometric pause in between. The exercise wil more on

Plantar Flexor and Gastrocnemius Stretching

For the plantar flexor stretch (DiGiovanni et al, 2006), subjects will sit and cross the affected leg over the contralateral leg. Placing the affected side fingers on the plantar toes, distal to the metatarsophalangeal joints, they will passively dorsiflex the toes until they feel stretching in the arch of the foot. Subjects will be instructed to hold this stretch for 10 seconds and repeat it 10 times. The gastrocnemius stretch will be performed in supine with a towel placed around the distal fo more on

Immediate and 12-week Effects of Exercise Versus Exercise and Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization for Plantar Fasciopathy Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Trial