Self-dosed and pre-determined progressive heavy-slow resistance training have similar effects in people with plantar fasciopathy: a randomised trial

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Key Points

  1. Self-dosed and pre-determined heavy, slow resistance programmes led to similar results in patients with plantar fasciopathy
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Plantar fasciopathy is a common, painful condition that can affect both physical and psychological wellbeing, and yet there is little consensus on optimal management. Pathology and symptom presentation are similar to tendinopathy, which has led to the use of heavy, slow resistance training (HSR) (1) - similar to approaches used in patellar (2) and Achilles tendinopathy (3). Such programmes share a similar loading regimen, but it is unclear whether a ‘self-dosed’ approach may be superior and help enhance self-efficacy. This study sought to test this through a randomized trial.

Plantar fasciopathy pathology and symptom presentation are similar to tendinopathy.
Heavy, slow loading may be better suited to more active participants and assist in building the strength and capacity required to return to goal sports/activities.


70 people with ultrasound confirmed plantar fasciopathy were recruited and randomized into one of two groups – a self-dosed HSR programme or a pre-determined HSR programme.

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