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Acupuncture Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis: A Literature Review

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2015, 25(2), pp.97-110
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine

Lee Jung-han ORD ID 1 고낙용 1 김창곤 1 Ko YounSeok ORD ID 2

1원광대학교
2우석대학교

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ABSTRACT

ObjectivesPlantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis can be managed with acupuncture, but the evidence for its effectiveness is uncertain. The aim of this review was to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for plantar fasciitis.MethodsI searched specific Korean and foreign electronic databases (KCI, RISS, NDSL, OASIS, KTKP, National Assembly Library, KMbase, PubMed, The Cochrane Library and China National Knowledge Infrastructure). The key search terms were ‘heel pain’, ‘plantar fasciitis’ and ‘acupuncture’. Twenty-seven trials were included; eleven case reports, fourteenrandomized controlled trials (RCTs) and two non-randomized controlled trials (NRCTs).ResultsTwenty-seven studies reported that acupuncture treatment reduced plantar fasciitis pain. However, the evidence provided by the case reports was regarded as weak because the methodological quality was poor, and the placebo effect of acupuncture was not accounted for in the RCTs and NRCTs. Overall, the methodological quality of the RCTs and NRCTs was weak.ConclusionsThere is some evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for plantar fasciitis. However, in order to reinforce the evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness, additional placebo-controlled trials with well-designed methodologies are required. (J Korean Med Rehab 2015;25(2):97-110)

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