Conservative treatment of plantar fasciitis. A prospective study

J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 1998 Aug;88(8):375-80. doi: 10.7547/87507315-88-8-375.


A randomized, prospective study was conducted to compare the individual effectiveness of three types of conservative therapy in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. One hundred three subjects were randomly assigned to one of three treatment categories: anti-inflammatory, accommodative, or mechanical. Subjects were treated for 3 months, with follow-up visits at 2, 4, 6, and 12 weeks. For the 85 patients who completed the study, a statistically significant difference was noted between groups, with mechanical treatment with taping and orthoses proving to be more effective than either anti-inflammatory or accommodative modalities.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Fasciitis / etiology
  • Fasciitis / physiopathology
  • Fasciitis / therapy*
  • Foot Diseases / etiology
  • Foot Diseases / physiopathology
  • Foot Diseases / therapy*
  • Heel
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Orthotic Devices*
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain Management
  • Prospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents