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Author (up) Eftekharsadat, B.; Babaei-Ghazani, A.; Zeinolabedinzadeh, V. url  openurl
  Title Dry needling in patients with chronic heel pain due to plantar fasciitis: A single-blinded randomized clinical trial Type of Study Journal Article
  Year 2016 Publication Medical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran Abbreviated Journal Med J Islam Repub Iran  
  Volume 30 Issue Pages 401  
  Keywords Chronic heel pain; Dry needling; Myofascial trigger points; Plantar fasciitis  
  Abstract BACKGROUND: This study examined the effects of dry needling on chronic heel pain due to plantar fasciitis. METHODS: During this single-blinded clinical trial, 20 eligible patients were randomized into two groups: A case group treated with dry needling and a control group. Patients' plantar pain severity, (using modified visual analog scale [VAS] scoring system), range of motion of ankle joint in dorsiflexion [ROMDF] and plantar extension[ROMPE] and foot function index (using standard questionnaires of SEM5 and MDC7) were assessed at baseline, four weeks after intervention and four weeks after withdrawing treatment. Independent sample t-test, Mann-Whitney U test, paired t-test, Wilcoxon signed rank tests, and chi square test were used for data analysis. RESULTS: The mean VAS scores in the case group was significantly lower than the control group after four weeks of intervention (p<0.001). Comparison of the ROMDF and ROMPE did not reveal any significant changes after four weeks of intervention in the case and control groups (p=0.7 and p=0.65, respectively). The mean of MDC7 and SEM5 scores in the case group were significantly lower than the control group following four weeks of intervention (p<0.001). CONCLUSION: Despite the insignificant effect on ROMDF and ROMPE, trigger point dry needling, by improving the severity of heel pain, can be used as a good alternative option before proceeding to more invasive therapies of plantar fasciitis.  
  Address MD, General Physician, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.  
  Language English Number of Treatments  
  Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants  
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  Disease Category OCSI Score  
  Notes PMID:27683642; PMCID:PMC5038993 Approved no  
  Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 2149  
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