Plantar Fasciitis: Will Physical Therapy Help My Foot Pain?

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2017 Feb;47(2):56. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2017.0501.


One out of 10 people in the United States experience persistent pain along the bottom of the foot, a condition known as plantar fasciitis. In 2014, the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association published updated clinical practice guidelines on the best treatments for patients with plantar fasciitis. The guidelines present evidence that strongly suggests a combination of manual therapy and rehabilitative exercises to help patients with this foot condition. In a more recent study published in the February 2017 issue of JOSPT, researchers reviewed the records of people with plantar fasciitis who were sent to physical therapy. The results of this study support prior studies that show faster recovery time for those who receive evidence-based physical therapy for their foot pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2017;47(2):56. doi:10.2519/jospt.2017.0501.

Keywords: exercise; foot; heel; manual therapy; physical therapy; plantar fasciitis.

Publication types

  • Patient Education Handout

MeSH terms

  • Exercise Therapy / statistics & numerical data
  • Fasciitis, Plantar / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations / statistics & numerical data*
  • Physical Therapists
  • Referral and Consultation
  • United States