Application of ultrasound in the assessment of plantar fascia in patients with plantar fasciitis: a systematic review

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Mohseni-Bandpei, M.A, Nakhaee, M, Mousavi, M.E, Shakourirad, A, Safari, Reza and Kashani, R.V 2014. Application of ultrasound in the assessment of plantar fascia in patients with plantar fasciitis: a systematic review. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2014.03.001
AuthorsMohseni-Bandpei, M.A, Nakhaee, M, Mousavi, M.E, Shakourirad, A, Safari, Reza and Kashani, R.V
Abstract

Plantar fasciitis (PFS) is one of the most common causes of heel pain, estimated to affect 10% of the general population during their lifetime. Ultrasound (US) imaging technique is increasingly being used to assess plantar fascia (PF) thickness, monitor the effect of different interventions and guide therapeutic interventions in patients with PFS. The purpose of the present study was to systematically review previously published studies concerning the application of US in the assessment of PF in patients with PFS. A literature search was performed for the period 2000-2012 using the Science Direct, Scopus, PubMed, CINAHL, Medline, Embase and Springer databases. The key words used were: ultrasound, sonography, imaging techniques, ultrasonography, interventional ultrasonography, plantar fascia and plantar fasciitis. The literature search yielded 34 relevant studies. Sixteen studies evaluated the effect of different interventions on PF thickness in patients with PFS using US; 12 studies compared PF thickness between patients with and without PFS using US; 6 studies investigated the application of US as a guide for therapeutic intervention in patients with PFS. There were variations among studies in terms of methodology used. The results indicated that US can be considered a reliable imaging technique for assessing PF thickness, monitoring the effect of different interventions and guiding therapeutic interventions in patients with PFS.

KeywordsPlantar fascia; Plantar fasciitis; Review; Systematic; Ultrasound
Year2014
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1879-291X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2014.03.001
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623632
hdl:10545/623632
Publication dates03 May 2014
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Deposited20 Mar 2019, 14:39
Accepted01 Mar 2014
ContributorsUniversity of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences and University of Lahore, Pakistan
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