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Author Thiagarajah, A.G. url  doi
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  Title How effective is acupuncture for reducing pain due to plantar fasciitis? Type of Study Journal Article
  Year 2017 Publication Singapore Medical Journal Abbreviated Journal Singapore Med J  
  Volume 58 Issue 2 Pages 92-97  
  Keywords acupuncture; plantar fasciitis  
  Abstract INTRODUCTION: Plantar fasciitis is a commonly seen outpatient condition that has numerous treatment modalities of varying degrees of efficacy. This systematic review aimed to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing pain caused by plantar fasciitis. METHODS: Online literature searches were performed on the PubMed and Cochrane Library databases for studies on the use of acupuncture for pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Studies designed as randomised controlled trials and that compared acupuncture with standard treatments or had real versus sham acupuncture arms were selected. The Delphi list was used to assess the methodological quality of the studies retrieved. RESULTS: Three studies that compared acupuncture with standard treatment and one study on real versus sham acupuncture were found. These showed that acupuncture significantly reduced pain levels in patients with plantar fasciitis, as measured on the visual analogue scale and the Plantar Fasciitis Pain/Disability Scale. These benefits were noted between four and eight weeks of treatment, with no further significant reduction in pain beyond this duration. Side effects were found to be minimal. CONCLUSION: Although acupuncture may reduce plantar fasciitis pain in the short term, there is insufficient evidence for a definitive conclusion regarding its effectiveness in the longer term. Further research is required to strengthen the acceptance of acupuncture among healthcare providers.  
  Address Queenstown Polyclinic, SingHealth Polyclinics, Singapore  
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  Language English Number of Treatments  
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  Notes PMID:27526703; PMCID:PMC5311890 Approved no  
  Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 2224  
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