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Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Dysport® in the Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis

This study has been completed.
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First received: March 13, 2007
Last updated: October 20, 2009
Last verified: October 2009
This study will investigate the hypothesis that the analgesic effect of a single injection of Dysport (200 MU) induces a significant reduction of symptoms in chronic cases of plantar fasciitis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
Drug: Botulinum type A toxin (Dysport®)
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Randomised, Multicentre Study on the Efficacy and Safety of a Single Injection of Botulinum Toxin A (200 Units Dysport®) in the Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis

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Further study details as provided by Ipsen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Improvement of score value on the visual analogue scale for pain during weight-bearing in the last 48 hours in week 6. "Responder" is defined as a reduction in score value of ≥ 50% [ Time Frame: Week 6 after injection versus baseline ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Gerbershagen Score [ Time Frame: Week 0, 18 ]
  • Pain intensity on the Visual Analogue Scale [ Time Frame: Week 0, 2, 6, 10, 14, 18 ]
  • Measurement of pressure pain with algorimeter: most severe pain experienced on the medial hindfoot [ Time Frame: Week 0, 2, 6, 10, 14, 18 ]
  • Force measurement by Brunner (Grade 0-5) [ Time Frame: Week 0, 2, 6, 10, 14, 18 ]
  • Global assessment by the investigator and the patient [ Time Frame: Week 2, 6, 10, 14, 18 ]
  • Tolerance of study drug (recording of drug side-effects) [ Time Frame: Week 2, 6, 10, 14, 18 ]
  • Adverse events [ Time Frame: Week 0, 2, 6, 10, 14, 18 ]

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: July 2005
Study Completion Date: April 2009
Primary Completion Date: January 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Drug: Botulinum type A toxin (Dysport®)
Placebo: 0,9% sodium chloride, 2 ml Drug: Botulinum type A toxin (Dysport®) 200 Units / 2 ml injected at the root of the plantar fascia
Placebo Comparator: 2 Drug: Botulinum type A toxin (Dysport®)
Placebo: 0,9% sodium chloride, 2 ml Drug: Botulinum type A toxin (Dysport®) 200 Units / 2 ml injected at the root of the plantar fascia


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic plantar fasciitis (duration of disorder at least 4 months)
  • At least 4 points on the visual analogue scale (0-10) for the most severe pain within the last 48 hours
  • At least 2 previous unsuccessful conservative therapies
  • Age 18 and older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Rheumatoid diseases (M. Bechterew, chronic polyarthritis, psoriasis-arthritis, para /post-infectious arthritis etc.)
  • Previous surgery in the affected area of the foot
  • Pre-treatment with Botulinum toxin A (only de novo patients)
  • Prohibited concomitant treatment: local injections during the study and 2 weeks prior to start of study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00447876

University Hospital Charite, Campus Virchow, Musculoskeletal Centre, Orthopedic Clinic
Berlin, Germany, 13353
Orthopedic Practice Biberburg
Berlin, Germany, 14089
Orthopedic Practice
Karlsruhe, Germany, 76133
Klinik für Orthopädie und Rheumatologie, Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg GmbH
Marburg, Germany
Orthocentre Munich
Munich, Germany, 81547
Orthopedic Practice
Weiden, Germany, 92637
Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Director: Bert Van Eijk, MD Ipsen
  More Information

Responsible Party: Bert Van Eijk, Ipsen Identifier: NCT00447876     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: A-94-52120-100
Study First Received: March 13, 2007
Last Updated: October 20, 2009

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fasciitis, Plantar
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Foot Diseases
Botulinum Toxins, Type A
Acetylcholine Release Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Cholinergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Neuromuscular Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents processed this record on April 27, 2017