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

Young, Mark, Cook, Jill and Webster, Kate 2006, The effect of topical wheatgrass cream on chronic plantar fasciitis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, Complementary therapies in medicine, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 3-9.

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Title The effect of topical wheatgrass cream on chronic plantar fasciitis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
Author(s) Young, Mark
Cook, Jill
Webster, Kate
Journal name Complementary therapies in medicine
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 9
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Place of publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication date 2006-03
ISSN 0965-2299
1873-6963
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009316

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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