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Is dry needling effective for the management of plantar heel pain or plantar fasciitis



Is dry needling effective for the management of plantar heel pain or plantar fasciitis



Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a piece of strong, thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes, creating the arch of the foo


Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain and can develop as a result of overstretching, overuse or a medical condition.

Plantar fasciitis is often associated with a heel spur, a spike of bone poking out from the heel bone, although many people have heel spurs without any pain.


Moderate to low evidence suggests a positive effect of TrP dry needling for improving pain intensity and pain-related disability in patients with plantar heel pain of musculoskeletal origin at short- and long-term, respectively.


Reference

Luis Llurda-Almuzara, PT, MSc, Noé Labata-Lezaun, PT, MSc, Toni Meca-Rivera, PT, Marcos J Navarro-Santana, PT; MSc, Joshua A Cleland, PT, PhD, César Fernández-de-las-Peñas, PT, PhD, Albert Pérez-Bellmunt, PT, PhD, Is Dry Needling Effective for the Management of Plantar Heel Pain or Plantar Fasciitis? An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, Pain Medicine, 2021;, pnab114, https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnab114


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