October 23rd, 2009
While at the Prolotherapy research conference at University of Wisconsin, I heard Michael Ryan, PhD reported on his recently published study using ultrasound guided dextrose Prolotherapy in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. In patients who had failed other treatments (including exercise, shoe orthotics/inserts, steroid injections, massage, anti-inflammatory medications and shock-wave therapy), 16 out of 20 patients (80%) had good to excellent results. At 12 month follow up, 12 out of 20 patients reported no symptoms even with exercise (meaning a 60% cure rate in this difficult population). Dr. Ryan reported these results in the British Journal of Sports Medicine this year and emphasized that most of these patients were runners. Don’t let plantar fasciitis limit your exercise and impede your health; try Prolotherapy.