Event Title

Outpatient Physical Therapy interventions for Plantar Fasciitis

Location

Hall of Governors

Start Date

7-4-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

7-4-2017 6:00 PM

Description

Plantar fasciitis has become a common foot disorder that various people experience. A standard method of treatment has yet to be established for plantar fasciitis with long lasting results. However, research has found evidence to support the use of muscle strengthening, stretching, and other modalities as intervention options for outpatient physical therapy clinics to implement in the plan of care of a patient with plantar fasciitis. This case report demonstrates a multimodal approach in treating plantar fasciitis. Stretching of the gastrocnemius, soleus, and hamstring muscles, lower extremity muscle strengthening and control, and the leg and knee sequence of ASTYM were the primary interventions used on a 60 year old Caucasian female with bilateral plantar fasciitis. This patient was treated for 7 days, following her evaluation day, two times per week for 60 minutes. For the first 30 minutes of therapy the patient received ASTYM and the remaining 30 minutes were used for stretches, muscle strengthening, and muscle control exercises. The Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS) was used to measure the outcomes of this multimodal treatment approach. At evaluation the patient scored a 69/80 on the LEFS and by discharge she scored 77/80. These scores demonstrated a13.8% impairment at evaluation and a 1.3% impairment by discharge. The patient responded very well to treatment sessions and reported a noticeable change in symptoms after the third treatment session.

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Outpatient Physical Therapy interventions for Plantar Fasciitis

Hall of Governors

Plantar fasciitis has become a common foot disorder that various people experience. A standard method of treatment has yet to be established for plantar fasciitis with long lasting results. However, research has found evidence to support the use of muscle strengthening, stretching, and other modalities as intervention options for outpatient physical therapy clinics to implement in the plan of care of a patient with plantar fasciitis. This case report demonstrates a multimodal approach in treating plantar fasciitis. Stretching of the gastrocnemius, soleus, and hamstring muscles, lower extremity muscle strengthening and control, and the leg and knee sequence of ASTYM were the primary interventions used on a 60 year old Caucasian female with bilateral plantar fasciitis. This patient was treated for 7 days, following her evaluation day, two times per week for 60 minutes. For the first 30 minutes of therapy the patient received ASTYM and the remaining 30 minutes were used for stretches, muscle strengthening, and muscle control exercises. The Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS) was used to measure the outcomes of this multimodal treatment approach. At evaluation the patient scored a 69/80 on the LEFS and by discharge she scored 77/80. These scores demonstrated a13.8% impairment at evaluation and a 1.3% impairment by discharge. The patient responded very well to treatment sessions and reported a noticeable change in symptoms after the third treatment session.