New Twist on Treatment of Foot Pain

‘Dry-needling,’ steroids effective against plantar fasciitis, researchers say
Posted December 1, 2008

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) — Italian researchers say they’ve developed a fast, effective, non-invasive treatment for the painful foot condition known as plantar fasciitis.

Using a combination of “dry-needling” and steroid injections guided by ultrasound, the researchers say their approach achieved a 95 percent success rate in tackling a condition that afflicts about one million Americans every year and accounts for up to 15 percent of all foot problems.

“On a long-term basis, patients recover almost completely from their fasciitis” following the procedure, said study lead author Dr. Luca M. Sconfienza, from the University of Genoa department of experimental medicine. “Overall, the ultrasound guidance allows performing the procedure in total safety.” More…

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