Effect of The Superficial Back Line on the Development of Plantar Fasciitis


Istanbul Medeniyet University


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Plantar Fascitis

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The primary aim of the study is to determine whether deviations from normal in the myofascial structure have an effect on the development of plantar fasciitis by evaluating the myofascial chain lines as well as the general evaluation parameters in patients diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. The secondary aim of the study is to create a future clinical projection regarding the applications to be made over the myofascial chain in addition to the generally accepted treatment protocols in the light of the findings.

Full description

The plantar fascia is an important connective structure that extends from the metatarsal heads to the calcaneus and provides the continuity of the longitudinal arch of the foot. With microtraumas and the formation of chronic inflammation on the plantar surface exposed to repetitive stress, the fascia thickens and becomes prone to repetitive injuries and forms plantar fasciitis. The reasons for this repetitive stress are; excessive physical activity, obesity, age, prolonged standing, biomechanical changes, limited dorsiflexion and hamstring tension. Studies on this subject in the literature have reported that tension in the hind leg muscles is associated with plantar fasciitis, and it has been shown that applications on the Achilles tendon and gastrocnemius relieve plantar fasciitis complaints. Similarly, it has been reported that tension in the hamstring muscle may be associated with the development of plantar fasciitis. It is known that the Plantar Fascia and Achilles tendon affect each other due to the fascial connection, and therefore these structures are considered together in the solution of their problems. On the other hand, according to the fascial meridian concept developed by Thomas Myers, it was stated that the fascial connection between these two tissues extends to the frontal region in a chain manner, and that a problem at any point in the chain may cause problems in other elements of the chain. For this reason, recently, applications related to the detection and solution of problems have come to the fore by looking at fascial problems more holistically over the fascial chain. Plantar Fascia; It is located in the Superficial Back Line and as far as we know, there is no plantar fasciitis study in which the myofascial chain is considered as a whole. Based on this, our aim in this study is to examine patients diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in terms of myofascial chain lines as well as general evaluation methods, to determine whether deviations from normal in the myofascial structure have an effect on the development of plantar fasciitis. Our main goal is to create projections for future clinical studies regarding the applications to be made over the myofascial chain in the treatment of plantar fasciitis in the light of the findings we have obtained.


84 estimated patients




30 to 60 years old


Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Volunteers between the ages of 30-60
  • Having experienced pain due to plantar fasciitis for at least 6 months
  • Not having received medical treatment and/or physiotherapy for plantar fasciitis in the last 3 months.
  • The participants' definition of pain over 3 according to the Visual Analogue Scale in the first step of the morning and this pain decreases with movements

Exclusion criteria

  • Having history of lower extremity surgery and fracture in the last 6 months
  • Having additional orthopedic, neurological and rheumatological diseases that may cause biomechanical malalignment, loss of muscle strength, and deterioration of gait parameters in the lower extremities, vertebral column and pelvis
  • Having static foot deformity
  • Having connective tissue disease that will affect tissue properties
  • Having metabolic syndromes that may affect tissue properties such as diabetes
  • Using sedatives and/or muscle relaxants that may alter muscle tone.
  • Being diagnosed with obesity (BMI>30)
  • Pregnancy

Trial design

84 participants in 2 patient groups

Group 1
Control group will consist of 42 healthy individuals, aged between 30-60 years.
Group 2
This group will consist of 42 patients with diagnosed Plantar Fasciitis, aged between 30-60 years.

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Ayça Evkaya Acar, MSc

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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