Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2024 , Vol 70 , Num 2

Comparison of the effectiveness of peloid therapy and kinesiotaping in patients with unilateral plantar fasciitis: A prospective, randomized controlled study

Ramazan Yilmaz 1 ,Süleyman Gül 2 ,Halim Yilmaz 1 ,Fatih Karaarslan 3
1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Health Sciences, Konya Beyhekim Training and Research Hospital, Konya, Türkiye
2 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Konya Metropolitan Hospital, Konya, Türkiye
3 Department of Medical Ecology and Hydroclimatology, University of Health Sciences, Gülhane Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Türkiye
DOI : 10.5606/tftrd.2024.13756 Objectives: This study aimed to compare the efficacy of peloid therapy and kinesiotaping for unilateral plantar fasciitis (PF).

Patients and methods: In the randomized controlled study, a total of 114 patients (89 females, 25 males; mean age: 45.1±8.3 years; range, 27 to 65 years) diagnosed with unilateral PF between January 2021 and March 2023 were randomly divided into three equal groups: the peloid group (peloid therapy and home-based exercise + heel pad), the kinesiotaping group (kinesiotaping and home-based exercise + heel pad), and the control group (home-based exercise + heel pad). Peloid therapy was performed over two weeks for a total of 10 sessions. Kinesiotaping was applied four times over two weeks. Plantar fascia, calf, and Achilles stretching exercises and foot strengthening exercises were performed, and prefabricated silicone heel insoles were used daily for six weeks. Patients were evaluated three times with clinical assessment scales for pain, the Heel Tenderness Index, and the Foot and Ankle Outcome Score before treatment, at the end of treatment, and in the first month after treatment.

Results: Statistically significant improvements were observed for all parameters at the end of treatment and in the first month after treatment compared to the baseline in every group (p<0.001). No superiority was found between the groups.

Conclusion: Peloid therapy or kinesiotaping, given as adjuncts to home-based exercise therapy and shoe insoles in patients with unilateral PF, did not result in additional benefits. Keywords : Exercise therapy, foot orthoses, kinesio tape, mud therapy, peloid therapy, plantar fasciitis