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Heel Pain Trial: Ultrasound Guided Steroid Injections

Posted Aug 03 2010 8:28pm

Researchers at La Trobe University are conducting a randomized trial evaluating the use of ultrasound guided steroid injections for patients with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the tearing of the plantar fascia, a long ligament type structure which supports the arch. The condition causes heel pain, commonly at the first step in the morning or walking after periods of rest. This study will be conducted at the La Trobe University Podiatry Clinic.

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Plantar fasciitis is the most commonly reported cause of chronic pain beneath the heel. Management of this condition commonly involves the use of corticosteroid injection in cases where less invasive treatments have failed. However, despite widespread use, only two randomised trials have tested the effect of this treatment in comparison to placebo.
This will be a randomised trial investigating the effect of dexamethasone injection on pre-specified treatment outcomes in people with plantar fasciitis. Within the parameters of this protocol, the trial findings will be used to make evidence-based recommendations regarding the use of corticosteroid injection for treatment of this condition. Read more at
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