Chronic plantar fasciopathy is a painful condition typically associated with point tenderness at the heel and arch of the foot during standing and other activities involving weight-bearing. Workers are significantly affected by plantar fasciopathy, as many jobs require standing for prolonged periods of time.
This study will examine the effectiveness of a multi-element exercise program in reducing the pain and disability of chronic plantar fasciopathy in a population of workers standing for prolonged periods during their workday.
Each participant will be randomly assigned to either an intervention group receiving a multi-element exercise program, or a control group receiving a cortisone injection followed by a stretching program for their calf-muscles. Participants will perform all exercises 4 times a week for the duration of a 12-week program. It is anticipated that results of the study will lead to a significant step in reducing the time lost to injury and improving the quality of life for workers required to spend long periods of time on their feet.
Jack Taunton (UBC)