IMMEDIATE EFFECT OF FOAM ROLLING ON PAIN AND WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION IN PATIENTS WITH PLANTAR FASCIITIS: A PILOT STUDY
International Journal of Physiotherapy and Research
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition of the plantar fascia usually caused due to repetitive micro trauma. The classical sign of plantar fasciitis is that the worst pain occurs with the first few steps. The pain begins at the beginning of the activity and reduces after warm up. The usual treatment includes ultrasound, NSAIDS, cortisone injection, arch taping, heel cups, orthotics, shoes, stretching and strengthening and surgery. Various systems are available which measures the
... asures the distribution of the foot and provide information about the foot functions. Materials and Method: 12 patients under the age group 45-65 years with plantar fasciitis were included for the study. The patients were selected in the control or experimental group by convenient sampling. A foot scanning was done by PODOTECH foot scanner before starting the intervention. The intervention for control group included was conventional physiotherapy. Conventional physiotherapy included-a) Plantar fascia towel stretch-3 reps, 30 sec hold, b) Plantar fascia standing stretch-3 reps, 30 sec hold, c) Towel crumple-3 reps, 30 times. The intervention for experimental group included conventional physiotherapy and foam rolling with flexbar for 3 minutes. Post intervention a foot scan was done. Pre and post intervention results were compared. Results: When the differences in the pain values of both the group were considered, the experimental group which included intervention by foam roller and conventional treatment proved to be more significant than the control group. During the static position, the affected foot showed significant changes in the average pressure and thrust in the control group. During walking, the affected foot presented significant changes in the area, average pressure and maximal pressure in the control group. Conclusion: This study concludes that foam rolling is effective for pain reduction and the conventional treatment given was effective for changes in the weight distribution.