Effectiveness of Myofascial Release Techniques in the Management of Plantar Fasciitis: A Meta-Analysis


  • Wajeeha Nadeem Mirza American Center of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Faizan Saeed Syed Motion and Fitness Rehab
  • Farhat Fawad Liaquat Liaquat National Hospital and Medical College


Manual Therapy, Myofascial Release Techniques, Stretching, Pain, Plantar Fasciitis



Myofascial Release Techniques (MFRT) are manual therapies that target soft tissues by using long, low-amplitude stretches to increase tissue flexibility. Despite its efficacy in a variety of diseases, perspectives on its biomechanical and physiological consequences remain mixed in foot disorders. The purpose of this analysis is to distribute evidence-based insights for researchers, physicians and other professional looking for effective therapies for this common foot problem.


This study comply with the guidelines of PRISMA. Articles were retrieved from PubMed, Google Scholar, Medline, Cochrane and BioMed Central databases with the keywords “Myofascial Release Techniques,” “Stretching,” “Pain,” “Manual Therapy,” and “Plantar Fasciitis.” Studies based on English that had been published from 2019 to 2022 examining the efficacy of MFRT on improving pain and foot function index among plantar fasciitis patients were selected.


Total 170 subjects with plantar fasciitis from seven randomized controlled trials were added in this meta-analysis. MFRT had been shown to have a significant pooled effect when the groups were being compared  on lowering pain and improving foot function index, with a SMD of  -0.924 (95% CI: -1.470 to -0.378, p = 0.001) for pain and -0.915 (95% CI: -1.409 to -0.420, p = 0.001) for foot function index respectively.


MFRT was found to be more effective in diminishing pain and enhancing foot function index as compared to the control therapies in lowering pain and increasing foot function index. These findings provide evidence-based insights that support the inclusion of MFRT as the intervention for common foot condition.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.59564/amrj/01.02/015


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