Infographic: Is Exercise a Viable Treatment for Plantar Fasciopathy (Chronic Heel Pain)?

Exercise Treatment for Lower Limb Tendinopathy

  • Exercise is often prescribed for reducing lower limb tendinopathy pain
  • Supporting evidence of the analgesic effect of exercise is scarce
  • Plantar fasciopathy bears similarities to tendiopathy

Study: Will Isometric Exercise Have an Acute Effect on Heel Pain?

(a prospectively‐registered, participant‐blinded, randomized, superiority crossover trial)

  • Participants: 20 individuals with plantar fasciopathy
  • Treatment: 3 sessions of either isometric, isotonic, or walking exercise in a 2‐week period

Outcome Measures (before and after each session):

  • Patient-reported pain scale during activity (0-100)
  • Heel pressure pain threshold
  • Plantar fascia thickness

Findings:

  • No difference in the effect on pain among the 3 exercises
  • No changes in pain from before to after exercise
  • None of the exercises had an analgesic effect

The Takeaway:
Isometric exercise was no better at reducing plantar fasciopathy pain than isotonic exercise or walking.

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