Chief Investigator:

Dr Ed Roddy

Principal Investigator:

Dr Linda Chesterton

Trials Manager:

Dr Nicola Halliday

Study Co-ordinator:

Dave Goddin

Funder name / reference number: Arthritis Research UK, National Institute for Health Research (UK) (NIHR)
UKCRN Study portfolio: ISRCTN12160508
Year 2015-2017

Study design

Four-arm multi-centre randomised pragmatic pilot and feasibility trial 

This study will investigate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of individualised exercise or adjustable shoe insoles delivered by physiotherapists and podiatrists compared with self-management advice for patients with Plantar Heel Pain (PHP)

Primary objective

The aim of this study is to inform the robust design of a future, main, randomised controlled trial of advice, exercise and foot orthoses as interventions for adults with plantar heel pain (PHP) by comparing the success of three methods of recruiting patients to help us decide how many patients are needed for the future trials.

Establish how patients follow the different treatment prescriptions and ask them which they find convincing/satisfactory.


Participants will be randomised to one of four intervention arms:

  1. Self-management advice
  2. Exercise and Self-Management advice
  3. Othoses and Self-Management advice
  4. Exercise, Orthotics and Self-Management Advice