Study: Autologous Blood Injections for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is most commonly treated with natural remedies like rest, stretching, and the use of orthotic, or medical treatments like ultrasound therapy or ESWT. A recent study published by the Lady Reading Hospital and Pak International Medical College found that autologous blood injections may also be a very effective treatment for plantar fasciitis.
Summary of Study
The study consisted of 150 participants who rated their heel pain at a 3 out of 10 or higher. Participants were excluded if they had:
- Used steroid injections in the past
- Foot surgery
- Fracture dislocation
- Skin infections on the feet
Most patients had been experiencing plantar fasciitis pain for 12-15 weeks prior to the study, and some had struggled for 20 weeks or longer.
Pain was measured prior to treatment, and the benefit and purpose of the study was explained to the patients. Doctors extracted 2ml of blood from the cubital vein in the arm, and the blood was mixed with 1ml of 1% lignocaine. This blood mixture was injected into the medial side of the heel, and patients were instructed to rest from stretching and exercise for 48 hours following the procedure. Pain was measured again after 6, 12, and 24 weeks.
Results: 63% of Patients Reported No Heel Pain Following Autologous Blood Injections
Most patients in this study experienced drastic improvements in their plantar fasciitis pain. Prior to treatment, 100% of patients reported having moderate to severe pain, and following the treatment 63.32% of patients reported no pain at all, and only 7.9% reported moderate to severe pain.
Not ready to try autologous blood injections? Here are a few alternative treatment with similar success rates:
- HTP Heel Seats – more than 90% success rate as reported by customers, and shown to be twice as effective as Dr. Scholl’s inserts in a double-blind clinical study.
- Ultrasound Treatments – one study revealed an average improvement of 90% in plantar fasciitis-related pain.
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) – patients reported a 70% improvement in heel pain after 5 weeks of ESWT in a recent study.