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 causes millions of trips to the doctors ever 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 delve deeper into what benefits orthotics can provide to those with plantar fasciitis and hopes to develop our knowledge on how to treat the condition.

The project is looking for those who have plantar fasciitis and are willing to participate for a 6-month period. 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 plantar fasciitis symptoms for a minimum of 2 months
  • Be aged between 18 and 75 years old.
  • Live within UK Mainland

However, you will be unable to participate if you have had prior operations to your feet and cannot wear normal footwear.

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 as straightforward and easy to navigate as possible, 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 fill out our survey online or would rather a physical copy that you can fill out on paper, we can suit your needs and make it as easy to complete as possible.

Your participation in this study will be entirely confidential and you will be free to leave at any time.

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

For more information you can contact us on or call us on 01704 579337.


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