COMPARISON OF MYOFASCIAL RELEASE TECHNIQUE AND FOOT STRENGTHENING EXERCISE IN PLANTAR FASCITIS: ULTRASONOGRAPHIC EVALUATION
*Sharmila Dhamotharan and Uma
Background: plantar fascitis is the most common cause of inferior heel pain. It is associated with the pescavus, foot pronation, pesplanus, obesity, increased running distance, wearing inappropriate footwear and tightness of Achilles tendon. Females are more commonly affected than men. Aim and Objective: To evaluate the effect of myofascial release technique versus foot strengtheningexercise in plantar fascitis. Need of The Study: The need of the study is to evaluate the effect of myofascial release and foot strengthening exercise through ultrasonography in patients of plantar fascitis. Methods: Twenty subjects suffering from plantar fascitis were seperated into two group. Ten subjects included in the experimental group were treated with myofascial release technique. Ten subjects included in the control group were treated with foot strengthening exercise. The outcome measure used were ultrasonographic evaluation and numerical pain ratingscale(NPRS). Result: This study state that group A (myofascial release techique) significantly showed better improvement than groupB (foot strengthening exercise). Conclusion: This study reveals that myofascial release technique is effective then foot strengthening exercise.
Keywords: Plantar fascitis, Myofascial release, foot strengthening exercise, ultrasonography.
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