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The Effect of Monophasic Pulsed Current with Stretching Exercise on the Heel Pain and Plantar Fascia Thickness in Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Department of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92354, USA
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Scientific Research Center, Saudi Armed Forces Medical Service Department, Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia
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School of Physical Therapy, Touro University, Henderson, NV 89014, USA
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School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92354, USA
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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92354, USA
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Department of Physical Therapy, Gachon University, Incheon 21936, Korea
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Healthcare 2020, 8(2), 79; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8020079
Received: 28 February 2020 / Revised: 27 March 2020 / Accepted: 27 March 2020 / Published: 30 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Pain Management)
Plantar fasciitis (PF) is one of the most common causes of heel and foot pain. Monophasic pulsed current (MPC) is an electrical stimulation used to accelerate the healing processes. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of MPC and MPC combined with plantar fascia stretching exercises (SE) on heel pain and plantar fascia thickness in treatment of PF and see if there is any relationship between heel pain and plantar fascia thickness after intervention. Forty-four participants diagnosed with PF were randomly assigned to two group; MPC group or MPC combined with plantar fascia SE. Plantar fascia thickness was measured with musculoskeletal ultrasound. Although no statistical differences between the two groups were found, heel pain and the plantar fascia thickness significantly decreased in both groups after the intervention (p < 0.001). No significant correlation was found between changes in heel pain and plantar fascia thickness after 4 weeks of treatment. Our results indicated that MPC can reduce heel pain and plantar fascia thickness caused by PF. However, MPC combined with plantar fascia SE is not superior to MCP only in terms of reduction in heel pain and plantar fascia thickening. View Full-Text
Keywords: plantar fasciitis; plantar fascia thickness; ultrasound; monophasic pulsed current; stretching exercises plantar fasciitis; plantar fascia thickness; ultrasound; monophasic pulsed current; stretching exercises
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Alotaibi, A.; Petrofsky, J.; Daher, N.S.; Lohman, E.; Syed, H.M.; Lee, H. The Effect of Monophasic Pulsed Current with Stretching Exercise on the Heel Pain and Plantar Fascia Thickness in Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Healthcare 2020, 8, 79. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8020079

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Alotaibi A, Petrofsky J, Daher NS, Lohman E, Syed HM, Lee H. The Effect of Monophasic Pulsed Current with Stretching Exercise on the Heel Pain and Plantar Fascia Thickness in Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Healthcare. 2020; 8(2):79. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8020079

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Alotaibi, Abdullah, Jerrold Petrofsky, Noha S. Daher, Everett Lohman, Hasan M. Syed, and Haneul Lee. 2020. "The Effect of Monophasic Pulsed Current with Stretching Exercise on the Heel Pain and Plantar Fascia Thickness in Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial" Healthcare 8, no. 2: 79. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8020079

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