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Tuesday 01, Jun 2010

  Heel pain alleviation possible with new treatment

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Heel pain alleviation possible with new treatmentUse of an ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections can be effective by as much as 95 percent when it comes to alleviating the common and painful foot problem called plantar fasciitis.

This finding was disclosed by a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D., from Italy’s University of Genoa, said that this new technique is a one-time and effective outpatient procedure when there is no widely accepted therapy for patients when first-line treatments fail to relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis.

Sunday 14, Mar 2010

  Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injection for plantar fasciitis

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Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injection for 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 steroid injection is 95 percent effective to relieve plantar fasciitis, a common and painful foot problem.

Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D., from Italy’s University of Genoa and lead author of the study, remarked that there is an absence of a widely accepted therapy when first-line treatments fail to relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain, affects approximately one million people on a yearly basis in the United States alone.

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.

Friday 12, Jun 2009

  Steroids and Dry Needling can help treating Plantar Fasciitis

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Steroids and Dry Needling can help treating Plantar FasciitisPatients with Plantar Fasciitis now have a choice above surgery as per Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D., of the University of Genoa.

Sconfienza in the Radiological Society of North America meeting remarked that dry needling can prove to be one of the most effective treatment options when it comes to reducing inflammation in patients with Plantar Fasciitis.

This treatment option can be exercised by inducing local bleeding in an area where the steroids are expected to be administered via injection into the perifascial soft tissue rather than injecting directly into the fascia. It was revealed during the study that dry needling along with steroid injections can help patients who have almost lost the hope fighting against Plantar Fasciitis.

It was suggested that tissues can be expected to heal spontaneously through respond of platelets when bleeding is induced around the fascia. It is further believed that this treatment can also be used to treat tennis elbow. It was remarked in the meeting that further research will help the involved researchers in exploring more treatment options by comparing options such as dry needling alone, no treatment, and dry needling with steroids.

Sunday 17, May 2009

  Steroids Help Treat Plantar Fasciitis

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Steroids Help Treat Plantar Fasciitis  Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. This happens when the long fibrous plantar fascia ligament along the bottom of the foot develops tears or very tiny cuts in the tissue resulting in pain and inflammation. This condition can now be treated with dry needling accompanied by steroid injection.

In the procedure, dry needling creates small amount of local bleeding and then an injection of steroids will be administered into the perifascial soft tissue.

In the study of,Dr. Luca M. Sconfienza, of the University of Genoa, each patient was given local anesthetic before dry-needling guided by ultrasound perforemed. Dry-needling was done on the insertional portion of the plantar fascia and the periosteum to induce hyperemia. They then pulled the needle back into the perifascial soft tissues and injected 1 mL of triamcinolone acetonide 40 mg/mL to reduce inflammation.

According to Dr. Luca M. Sconfienza after about three weeks 39 had a complete response two to the treatment and only two patients didn’t respond to therapy.