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  1. Martin P Schwellnus
  1. University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Does the use of orthoses improve self-reported pain and function measures in patients with plantar fasciitis? A meta-analysis

Background

Among many treatment options for plantar fascial injury, foot orthoses are included—the efficacy of orthoses in reducing pain and improving function for this condition has been investigated.

Research question/s

Do foot orthoses improve self-reported pain and function in patients with plantar fasciitis?

Methodology

Experimental procedure: This meta-analysis was conducted after identifying six studies that met the inclusion criteria (only randomised controlled trials or prospective cohort studies, subjects with plantar fasciitis at recruitment, self-reported pain and/or function were assessed, data included reporting of means, SD and sample sizes). Efficacy on pain and function was compared against night splint use, and over three periods (>6 weeks, 6–12 weeks and >12 weeks).

Measures of outcome: % improvement in pain and function.

Main finding/s

Conclusion/s

In a meta analysis of six studies, foot …

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