International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Experimental Result Paper | Physiotherapy | India | Volume 12 Issue 11, November 2023


Effectiveness of Dexamethasone Iontophoresis with Plantar Fascia Stretching for Plantar Fasciitis

Dr. Gunarathna K [2]


Abstract: Back ground and purpose: Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury resulting from repetitive microtears of the plantar fascia at origin on calcaneus. Plantar fasciitis is a common problem in adult population which occurs over wide age range and is seen in both sedentary and athletic individuals. The purpose of my study was to evaluate the effectiveness of dexamethasone iontophoresis with plantar fascia stretching in relieving pain and improving ankle ROM (Plantar flexion and Dorsiflexion). Subjects: 30 patients with plantar fasciitis were included. Method: 30 patients diagnosed with plantar fasciitis were included in the study. They were treated with dexamethasone iontophoresis with plantar fascia stretching. The current of upto 4.0mA was applied for 10minutes. After the treatment all patients were made to perform plantar fascia stretching exercise. 12 treatment sessions were given for 4weeks. They were assessed for pain by Visual analogue scale (VAS), and Ankle plantar flexion and dorsiflexion Range of Motion (ROM) by Goniometer on 1st day (pre-test) and on last day (4th week). Result: Patients showed statistically significant improvements at 4th week of intervention. Conclusion: Dexamethasone iontophoresis with plantar fascia stretching exercise was highly significant in relieving pain and improving the Ankle dorsiflexion / plantar flexion range of motion in patients with plantar fasciitis (p<0.001) after 4th week of intervention.


Keywords: Plantar fasciitis, Windlass mechanism, Dexamethasone Iontophoresis, Plantar fascia stretching exercises, VAS, ROM


Edition: Volume 12 Issue 11, November 2023,


Pages: 1138 - 1145


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