Effects of Catgut-embedding Acupuncture Therapy on Plantar Fasciitis: Case Report

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J Korean Acupunct Moxib Soc. 2013;30(5):227-233
Publication date (electronic) : 2013 December 20
doi : https://doi.org/10.13045/acupunct.2013062
1Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Pusan National University Korean Medicine Hospital
2Division of Clinical Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University

This study was supported by a clinical research grant from Pusan National University Hospital in 2012.

*Corresponding author : Division of Clinical Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, 20, Geumo-ro, Mulgeum-eup, Yangsan-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, 626-770, Republic of Korea, Tel : 055-360-5964, Email : lbr@pnu.kr
Received 2013 October 30; Revised 2013 December 02; Accepted 2013 December 04.

Abstract

Objectives:

The purpose of this study was to report the clinical effects of catgut-embedding acupuncture therapy on plantar fasciitis.

Methods:

Two patients were treated mainly with catgut-embedding acupuncture therapy and partly with other Korean medicine modalities. Catgut-embedding acupuncture therapy was applied once a week for three weeks, and follow-up observation was conducted by telephone survey two months after the first treatment.

Results:

In these two cases, the pain numerical rating scale(NRS) gradually decreased from 8 to 1, and the pain relief as well as the improvement in ambulatory function was maintained at two-month follow-up.

Conclusions:

Catgut-embedding acupuncture therapy could be effective for pain-reduction and functional improvement in plantar fasciitis.

Fig. 1.

Application of catgut-embedding acupuncture therapy on plantar fasciitis

Fig. 2.

Change of numerical raging scale(NRS) of sole pain in case 1

Fig. 3.

Change of numerical raging scale(NRS) of sole pain in case 2

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Fig. 1.

Application of catgut-embedding acupuncture therapy on plantar fasciitis

Fig. 2.

Change of numerical raging scale(NRS) of sole pain in case 1

Fig. 3.

Change of numerical raging scale(NRS) of sole pain in case 2