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Complement Ther Med. 2006 Mar;14(1):3-9. Epub 2005 Sep 9.

The effect of topical wheatgrass cream on chronic plantar fasciitis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

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Musculoskeletal Research Centre, School of Physiotherapy, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To investigate the efficacy of a topical wheatgrass cream for improving pain and function in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis.

DESIGN:

Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

SETTING:

Eighty participants with chronic plantar fasciitis were randomly assigned to a treatment group (wheatgrass cream) or a control group (placebo cream). All participants applied a cream twice daily for 6 weeks. Follow up was conducted at 6 and 12 weeks.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for daily first-step pain and the Foot Health Status Questionnaire (FHSQ) for overall foot function. Secondary measures of foot posture, calf muscle strength and range of ankle dorsiflexion were also assessed.

RESULTS:

No significant differences were found between groups with respect to main outcomes of first-step pain or foot function at any time. Both groups improved significantly from baseline to 6 weeks, and these improvements were maintained at 12 weeks.

CONCLUSIONS:

The topical application of wheatgrass cream is no more effective than a placebo cream for the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis.

PMID:
16473748
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctim.2005.07.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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