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J Liaquat Uni Med Health Sci. 2016; 15(3): 139-142

Effectiveness of Manual Physical Therapy in Treatment of Plantar Fasciopathy

Imran Ghafoor, Danish Hassan, Akhtar Rasul, Hassan Anjum Shahid.

BACKGROUND: Plantar fasciitis is now known as plantar fasciosis or fasciopathy (PF), is a
common foot pain disorder in athletes and non-athletes. There is a pain along plantar side of
the foot especially in heel and at the site of insertion of the fascia.
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effectiveness of manual physical therapy in management of
plantar fasciopathy.
METHODS: Referred patients of plantar fasciopathy filled a self-reported questionnaire, containing
the Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) and the Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NPRS). All
measures were taken at baseline and at 6 weeks follow up. Treatment of PF in term of pain and
function was measured with paired sample T-test.
RESULT: Thirty (30) eligible patients (mean age 45.63 years (±SD10.81); 73.3% female) signed
the consent form. The manual physical therapy group showed clinically sensitive and significant
progress in term of pain and function over group II of ultrasound and exercise. The group I
showed clinically significant results in terms of FAAM [CI: 3.171, 2.08] (p=0.001) after 6 weeks
follow up. The group I also showed clinically significant improvment in terms of NPRS [CI:
0.861, 2.07], (p=0.001) after 6 weeks follow up.
CONCLUSION: The result of our study showed that manual physical therapy (MPT) is an
effective treatment approach in treatment of plantar fasciopathy.

Key words: Plantar fasciopathy, Manual physical therapy, Foot ankle ability measure, Numeric pain rating scale.

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