Background: Plantar fasciitis is a chronic inflammatory disease originating at the medial calcaneal tuberosity. Eight-five percent of people who walk extensively at work have plantar fasciitis. The efficacy of court-type Thai traditional massage (CTTM) has never been established. This study investigated the efficacies of CTTM, elastic taping (ET), and stretching (ST) in plantar fasciitis patient.
Methods: Ninety patients were randomly assigned for 4 weeks to receive either: 1) CTTM twice a week, 2) ET once a week, or 3) ST of the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia every day. Pain intensity visual analogue scale (VAS), pressure pain threshold (PPT), and the foot and ankle ability measure (FAAM) were assessed at baseline, 4 weeks (treatment completion), and 8 weeks (follow-up). These outcome measures were compared within and between groups.
Results: Patient characteristics were not significantly different among the three groups. Comparing baseline to followup at 4 and 8 weeks, pain intensity at the first step in the morning (VAS-M), foot pain over the past 24 hours (VAS-24 h), PPT, and FAAM significantly improved ( p < 0.001) for all three groups. The CTTM group exhibited the largest improvements in VAS-24 h at follow-up ( p < 0.05). Meanwhile, there were significant differences between groups for VAS-M and PPT at 8 weeks ( p < 0.05), but not 4 weeks. Differences in FAAM between groups at follow-up were small (p > 0.05).
Conclusion: CTTM is an effective treatment that can be used as an optional therapeutic technique for plantar fasciitis patients.
Poonsuk P, Pattaraarchachai J, Niempoog S, Damjuti W, Boonruab J.
Comparing Treatment Efficacy of Court-type Traditional Thai Massage, Elastic Taping, and Stretching for Plantar Fasciitis: A Three-Armed Randomized Controlled Trial.
J Health Res.