Plantar Fasciitis and the Use of Orthotics as Treatment

We are undertaking a research project that looks at the effects of orthotics (insoles) as a form of treatment for those who suffer from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions that cause millions of trips to the doctors every year. The classic symptom is pain in the heel. It can result in significant pain and discomfort and may even have long term effects on general wellbeing and quality of life.

This research aims to explore deeper into what benefits orthotics can provide to those with plantar fasciitis and hopes to develop our knowledge on how to successfully treat the condition.

The project is looking for those who have plantar fasciitis and is willing to participate for 6 months. Participants will be required to complete surveys at 5 different points throughout the study, whilst using the orthotics.

To be included as a participant in this study, you need to have had symptoms of plantar fasciitis for a minimum of 2 months. You must also be aged between 18 and 75 years old. However, you will be unable to participate if you have had prior operations on your feet, are unable to wear normal footwear and history of prior treatments for plantar fasciitis besides the use of painkillers.

The research will identify its findings through the measurement of foot pain and foot health, in relation to the quality of life. For participant ease, the questionnaires provided will be simple and straightforward to navigate, while also offering the opportunity for detailed data collection. There are different ways that you can fill out your questionnaire and contribute your data to the research study. Whether you prefer to complete the survey online or would rather have a physical copy that you can fill out on paper, we can suit your needs and make it a simple and quick process.

Your participation in this study will be entirely confidential and you will be free to leave at any time. Additionally, for your participation throughout the 6 months, you will be reimbursed for your effort as a token of our appreciation.

If you are interested in being involved, click here to read our Participant Information Sheet. This will provide all the necessary information you need regarding the study, how to participate and what will be required of participants.