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STUDIES and ARTICLES
I receive a weekly update on anything published on the internet that includes information about foot and ankle problems and treatments. I try to glean the best of the information and provide a brief synopsis of the information. If you come across any information that you think would be good to share, please also feel free to pass that information along to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. A study titled Manual therapy interventions in the treatment of plantar fasciitis: A comparison of three approaches, published in Health SA in Sept 2019 focused on comparing: 1) manipulation of the foot and ankle plus cross friction massage of the plantar fascia, 2) cross friction massage of the plantar fascia and gastroc-soleus complex stretching, and 3) a combination of both protocols. Conclusion: all three protocols had a positive effect on the ROM and pain perception for patients with plantar fasciitis.
2. A case study titled Medical Massage vs Secondarily Developed Plantar Fasciitis, published in Journal of Massage Science in their blog by Dr. Ross Turchaninov gives a wonderful example of how plantar fasciitis pain could be attributed to other causes and linger after treatment.
3. A study titled The effect of high-intensity laser therapy in the management of painful calcaneal spur: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, published in Lasers in Medical Science at SpringerLink in Sept 2019 focused on hight intensity laser therapy plus exercise versus placebo high-intensity laser therapy plus exercise. Conclusion: No superiority of High-intensity Laser Therapy over placebo.
4. A case study analysis titled Extracorporeal shockwaves treatment for plantar fasciitis, published in Eur J Transl Myol in 2019 concludes: The application of ESWT in the insertional site of the plantar fascia alone can heal the local impairment but may not be sufficient to solve the primary cause of plantar fasciitis and may expose the patient to risk of recurrence…the application of shockwaves in the impaired myofascial points of the leg and pelvis aimed at restoring the sliding properties and the equilibrium in the myofascial system of the entire lower limb in order to return the correct function of the plantar fascia without treating the plantar fascia itself which is often found to be inflamed and painful.
5. A study article, titled Effectiveness of customized insoles in patients with Morton’s Neuroma: a randomized, controlled, double-blind clinical trial, published in Clinical Rehabilitation in Sept 2019, concludes: The study demonstrated that customized insole with metatarsal and arch support relieved walking pain and improved patient-reported measures of function in patients with Morton’s neuroma.
6. A study titled Manual therapy interventions in the treatment of plantar fasciitis: a comparison of three approaches, published in Health SA Gesondheid in 2019 compared 1) mobilization and manipulation of the ankle and foot with cross friction of plantar fascia, 2) stretching of gastroc-soleus complex and cross friction of plantar fascia, and 3) combination of both protocols. Conclusion: all three of the approaches utilized have a beneficial effect in patients with plantar fasciitis. The use of manipulation seems to increase plantar flexion, while passive stretching increases ROM and decreases pain.
7. A study titled Effects of plantar intrinsic foot muscle strengthening exercise on static and dynamic foot kinematics: a pilot randomized controlled single-blind trial in individuals with pes planus, published in Gait and Posture In Jan 2020, concluded: For individuals with pes planus, the short-foot exercise effectively corrected static foot alignment and temporal parameters of foot kinematics during gait. Short-foot exercise might effectively prevent or treat injuries related to the pes planus alignment.
8. A study titled Outcomes of Ultrasound-guided gastrocnemius injection with Botulinum toxin for chronic plantar fasciitis, published in Foot and Ankle International in Oct 2019 concludes: the use of Botulinum Toxin A had a positive effect on improvement in pain and foot function 1 year after treatment.
9. A study titled Can an insole for obese individuals maintain the arch of the foot against repeated hyper loading? published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders in Oct 2019 concludes: Use of insoles for obese individuals may help to slow time-dependent foot structural changes. However, the effect was not enough to maintain the foot structure against repeated hyper loadings.
10. A study titled Graston Technique® as a treatment for patients with chronic plantar heel pain, published in Clinical Practice in Athletic Training in 2019, concludes: Participants improved in variables measured over a six-week treatment of GT. This was both shown to be not only statistically significant but clinically significant utilizing minimal important difference.