Date of Award
Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of inferior heel pain in athletes and non-athletes. The diagnosis for plantar fasciitis is relatively simple due to the distinct nature of the subjective findings. Despite the simplicity of the diagnosis, a thorough history and objective evaluation are essential in order to identify possible etiological factors. The etiology of plantar fasciitis is multifactorial with no one factor present in all cases. Many treatment methods for plantar fasciitis are currently practiced. It is important to note no one treatment method was found to be successful in all cases of plantar fasciitis. In general, research supported the use of orthotics, iontophoresis, ice and home exercise. Research did not justify the use of phonophoresis, low dye taping or heel cups to treat plantar faciitis. The key to treatment of plantar fasciitis is successfully identifying the etiological factors and designing a rehabilitation program that treats those factors.
Ackman, Scott, "Plantar Fasciitis: Etiology and Treatment" (1999). Physical Therapy Scholarly Projects. 2.