Autologous blood injections for chronic plantar fasciitis - a pilot case-series study shows promising results

Patrick Wheeler

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Abstract

Objectives: Plantar fasciitis is a common condition with a small number of people having symptoms that are challenging to treat. This prospective case series pilot study paper reports the patient outcomes following ultrasound-guided autologous blood injections (ABI) for the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis symptoms.

Methods and patients: Prospective case-series study of 35 consecutive patients who have undergone ultrasound-guided ABI for recalcitrant plantar fasciitis symptoms in a National Health Service Sports Medicine Clinic in Leicester, UK. Patients treated had suffered with symptoms of plantar fasciitis for an average of more than 4 years pre-ABI. Patients had an average follow-up of 6 months and with a maximum of over 800 days. The outcome measures include visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain, and 7-part patient satisfaction outcome scale.

Results: There was an average reduction of VAS of more than 85% post-ABI for all enrolled patients, increasing to nearly 90% in patients with at least 2 months follow-up data. At the latest follow-up appointment 53% of all patients were pain-free following the ABI procedure, increasing to 71% of patients with at least 2 months of follow-up data.

Discussion: While causality is not proved in this study design, ultrasound-guided ABI appear to be successful in the treatment of recalcitrant plantar fasciitis. Further studies with greater methodological rigour using a control group or alternative interventions should be conducted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Musculoskeletal Medicine
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013

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Autologous blood injections for chronic plantar fasciitis - a pilot case-series study shows promising results. / Wheeler, Patrick.

In: International Musculoskeletal Medicine, Vol. 35, No. 1, 01.04.2013, p. 3-7.

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