Comparing High-Load Strength Training with Plantar-Specific Stretch and Manual Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis Pain
Keywords:Plantar fasciitis, cross-friction massage, mobilization, high-load strength training exercise, plantar stretch.
Background: The plantar fascia, a substantial band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot from the heel
bone to the toes, is involved in the inflammation and irritation of the condition. One in ten people will experience
plantar fasciitis at some point in their lives, making it a prevalent condition.
Purpose: To compare the effectiveness of High-load strength training with plantar stretch and manual therapy on
pain and functional recovery in subjects with plantar fasciitis.
Materials and Methods: Thirty participants were randomly assigned to experimental (High-load strength training
with plantar stretch) and conventional (manual therapy) groups. The numerical pain rating scale (NPRS), and foot
and ankle ability measure (FAAM) were used to evaluate the pre-test. The same test was used to determine posttreatment
values after six weeks of treatment.
Results: A significant difference was observed between the experimental and control groups (P = <0.0001).
High-load strength training and plantar stretching play an important role in patients with plantar fasciitis.
Conclusion: The combination of specific plantar stretches and high-load strength-training activities produce
significant functional benefits and rapid reduction of pain.
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