An Investigation of the Management of Plantar Fasciitis: A Review of Current Treatment Methods with Research Proposal
(2014) An Investigation of the Management of Plantar Fasciitis: A Review of Current Treatment Methods with Research Proposal, no. 61.
Being the most common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis (PF) represents a significant burden both on quality of life and healthcare resources. It is reported as affecting approximately 10% of the general population. There are many associated factors implicated in its aetiology including excessive pronation, limited dorsiflexion, prolonged weight bearing and bare-foot walking. As a result, many treatment options are mentioned in literature ranging from conservative to surgical. This dissertation reviews current treatment methods utilized by clinicians in both the acute and chronic stages of the disease process. On review there is no standardized treatment protocol in either its acute or chronic stages with multiple combination therapies utilized in an adhoc manner all with varying reports of efficacy. Ideally my aim would be to standardize the treatment protocol for the management of PF. However given the complexity and size of this task, I have proposed a research study to investigate the use of custom made podiatric orthotic devices as a monotherapy in the acute stages of PF. It is my intention that the results of this study would form the first step in standardization of the current treatment regimen.