Effectiveness of High Load Plantar Fascia Resistance Training among Athletes with Plantar Fasciitis
Keywords:Heel pain, Resistance training, Intrinsic foot muscle, disability Scale.
Background: Plantar fasciitis is a common condition characterized by pain and inflammation in the plantar fascia,
a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the feet, connecting the heel to the toes. It is particularly
prevalent among athletes who engage in activities that involve repetitive impact, such as running, jumping.
Athletes with plantar fasciitis often undergo a structured rehabilitation program that incorporates high load
resistance training alongside other interventions such as stretching, massage, orthotic devices, and modifications
in training and footwear.
Purpose: To compare the effectiveness of High Load Plantar Fascia Resistance Training with ultrasound and
Intrinsic Muscle strengthening with ultrasound among athletes with Plantar Fasciitis.
Materials and Methods: Total of 60 subjects were selected from Sri Sai Ortho General Clinic based on the selection
criteria and randomly divided into two groups; High load plantar fascia resistance training (HLST) with ultrasound
(n=30) and Intrinsic muscle strengthening with ultrasound (n=30). The subjects were assessed for pain intensity
using NPRS and using LEFS, for pre and post-test values. The interventions were given for 2 weeks. Study period
: November 2022 to March 2023
Result: The result of the study revealed that both exercises are effective but (HLST) with ultrasound was more
effective and significant in terms of decreasing pain and improving functional mobility.
Conclusion: Hence the study concludes that HLST was more effective in managing plantar fasciitis in terms of
both relieving pain as well as functional mobility among athletes with plantar fasciitis.
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