Radiation Therapy Provides Relief For Plantar Fasciitis

Helen Albert writing in Medwire reported on a study of 62 patients, published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, which showed that “external beam radiation therapy, similar to that used in treating cancer, provided effective pain relief for patients with plantar fasciitis.” plantar-fasciitis

For the study, “researchers found that 80% of those who received standard-dose therapy experienced complete pain relief, 64% of whom maintained this relief for up to 48 weeks.”

Comment: I would be concerned that radiation would bring along its own potential risks.  There are better and safer options for this condition. It’s like using a bazooka to kill a mouse.

One option we’ve used is ultrasound-guided injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Another is ultrasound-guided injection of Botox.  Both of these are far safer than radiation.  Another treatment that seems to work and is safe is shock wave therapy.

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