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Tuesday 13, Oct 2009

  Plantar fasciitis patients now get a relief

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Plantar fasciitis patients now get a reliefAccording to a recent study that was presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), adding an ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injection is 95 percent effective when it comes to relieving plantar fasciitis, a common and painful foot problem.

The new technique was hailed as an effective and one-time outpatient procedure by the study’s lead author, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D., from Italy’s University of Genoa.

It was remarked by Dr. Sconfienza that this therapy is faster and less painful than shockwave therapy and suggested that patients should first try out noninvasive treatment options before going out for other treatments. It is only when the pain starts becoming really annoying that dry needling with steroid injection is a viable option.

This study is expected to offer a new dimensional approach for finding new and better treatment options for improving the quality standards of life for patients suffering with plantar fasciitis.

Friday 10, Jul 2009

  A Final Relief from Plantar Fasciitis

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A Final Relief from Plantar FasciitisAs per a study that was presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the combination of an ultrasound-guided technique with a steroid injection can prove to be effective by as much as 95 percent to offer relief to patients suffering from plantar fasciitis.

This technique is expected to stand up as an effective and one-time outpatient procedure as per study’s lead author, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D., from Italy’s University of Genoa.

Plantar fasciitis, which is the most common cause of heel pain, is an inflammation of the plantar fascia (connective tissue) that affects one million people annually in the U.S. alone.

Dr. Sconfienza said that when pain associated with plantar fasciitis becomes annoying then dry-needling with steroid injection proves to be a viable option.

Sunday 31, May 2009

  Plantar Fasciitis Now Treatable By Steroids

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Plantar Fasciitis Now Treatable By SteroidsPatients suffering from plantar fasciitis now have a choice to choose above surgery. The new method developed by an Italian Team of researchers used dry-needling to combine it with a steroid injection.

Dry needling is done to reduce inflammation by causing local bleeding in the area where a steroid can be injected to the perifascial soft tissue, which helps in healing the fascia.

Till date, no proper treatment was established for this disease though stretching in the morning, weight loss, and NSAIDS were few things that were advised to the concerned patients. But after a number of clinical trials, researchers have come out with a conclusion that steroids help in reducing pain to a considerable extent.

The efficiencies of dry needling and steroids were assessed by researchers as they conducted a study of 44 patients in the age group of 35-80 years (who were unresponsive to previous therapies). The entire procedures took about 15 minutes. Patients were given local anesthesia guided by dry needling that was then pulled back to the perifascial soft tissues and 1 mL of triamcinolone acetonide 40 mg/mL was injected to reduce inflammation, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D., of the University of Genoa, said.

This study has been seen as a progressive therapy for reduction of pain and associated symptoms. It is also believed that this is a novel method of treatment to cure even tennis elbow.