A novel technique that transplants a patient’s own fat into the sole of the foot could offer relief to those suffering from a common and painful condition called plantar fasciitis (PF), according to University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) School of Medicine researchers. In a pilot study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and led by a wife-and-husband team, the fat-injection procedure improved symptoms of PF in patients, laying the groundwork for a larger clinical trial. “Plantar fasciitis is exceptionally painful,” said Beth Gusenoff, DPM, clinical assistant professor of plastic surgery at Pitt.
|Dr. Beth Gusenoff|
To test this method, the team recruited 14 patients with chronic PF and split them into two groups. Group 1 participants received the procedure at the beginning of the study and were followed for 12 months, and their Group 2 counterparts received the procedure after a 6-month observation period and were followed for an additional 6 months. “We found that Group 1 had improvements in quality of life and sports activity, decreased plantar fascia thickness, and reduced pain levels,” said Jeffrey Gusenoff, MD. “And a lot of the measures that were improving 6 months after the procedure got even better by 12 months.”
Source: US Pharmacist [3/15/22]
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