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Context: Plantar heel pain is a common problem affecting foot function, causing pain in the foot under the heel. Plantar fasciitis is commonly treated with conservative treatment, such as joint and soft tissue mobilization, self-stretching home programs, foot orthoses, and night splinting or booting. Dry needling (DN) has shown to be an effective method of treating plantar fasciitis (PF) in multiple randomized control trials. Dry needling is a technique that has been reported to be beneficial in managing pain and dysfunction after PF. Still, there is limited published literature on DN, a myofascial sequence as part of the treatment of PF. Case Presentation: The patient was a 38-year-old female runner referred by a podiatrist for evaluation and treatment to include DN and therapy for persistent PF in the right foot. She was treated 4 times over 3 weeks with a home exercise program. Management and Outcomes: The DN intervention was beyond the local plantar fascia and incorporated 11 locations from the foot up the posterior chain and 2 electric stim channels. The patient had reduced pain as measured by a visual analog scale, increased function as measured by the functional ankle disability index, and range of motion increases. Conclusions: This case illustrates the use of DN and a home exercise program to provide a favorable outcome in a patient with PF.
Hortz and Falsone are with Structure and Function Education, and the School of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ, USA.