"The investigation noted a consistently high number of
patients within their outpatient practices who were suffering from disabling fasciitis.
They also found that each investigator had been prescribing a totally different,
but standard, invasive or non-invasive treatment for the condition. In light of the
high cost of custom orthoses and the morbidity of surgery, the investigators sought to
prospectively investigate effective treatment for plantar fasciitis. The purpose of
this study is to identify a clinically successful, yet cost-effective, conservative
treatment for plantar fasciitis...
"The results would indicate that a relatively inexpensive anatomic stock orthosis
of the type used in this study provided a marked amount of relief from the disabling
symptoms of plantar fasciitis by one month, and nearly complete healing by 3 months.
This positive response to treatment was essentially no different from those
patients treated by the additional and invasive use of steroid or lidocaine, although all
patients who wore an orthosis wre significantly improved over the baseline comparison
group prescribed a standard series of exercises commonly recommended for the treatment of
plantar fasciitis. The preliminary findings of this ongoing study lead us to
conclude that the use of the stock anatomic orthosis would be the most simple,
cost-effective and clinically effective treatment for the disabling disorder of plantar
- B.J. Awbrey, M.D.; J.J. Bernardone, D.P.M.; T.J. Connolly, D.P.M., Rehabilitation
R&D Progress Reports, 50,1989.