ActiPatch Plantar Fasciitis Clinical Trial

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 9, 2011
Last Update Posted : March 3, 2014
BioElectronics Corporation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of British Columbia

Brief Summary:

Plantar fasciopathy is a chronic condition affecting both sedentary populations, individuals in the workplace who must stand for prolonged periods of time, and athletes. It can be disabling. There is no single accepted treatment course that is recommended in the literature.

The use of pulsed radio-frequency electromagnetic (PRFE) devices has been proposed as a treatment option in chronic soft-tissue injury due to its ability to reduce pain and inflammation.

The proposed study will investigate the efficacy of the use of a PRFE device for the treatment of chronic heel pain using a double blind randomized placebo controlled design study.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Plantar Fasciitis Plantar Fasciopathy Device: Sham pulsed radio-frequency electromagnetic device Device: ActiPatch PRFE Device Phase 3

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 28 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Continuous Low Energy Pulsed Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Field Therapy for the Treatment of Plantar Fasciopathy
Study Start Date : December 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2013

Arm Intervention/treatment
Placebo Comparator: Control
Sham device that resembles the Actipatch PRFE device, including the light that illuminates when active, but the transmitting function has been disabled.
Device: Sham pulsed radio-frequency electromagnetic device
Disabled PRFE device

Experimental: Actipatch
Use of the Actipatch PRFE device that is integrated into a viscoelastic heel pad for the treatment of plantar fasciopathy
Device: ActiPatch PRFE Device
Actipatch PRFE device

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Visual Analog Scale (VAS) for pain [ Time Frame: 4 Weeks Follow-up ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Visual analog scale for pain [ Time Frame: 26 weeks ]
  2. Foot and ankle disability index [ Time Frame: 26 weeks ]
  3. Tegner activity scale [ Time Frame: 26 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All patients with diagnosis of plantar fasciitis agreeing to participate
  • Over 18 years old
  • Able to wear unit and keep data up-to-date records of use
  • Agree to forgo additional treatments during the study period

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who have refused, are unable to give or have withdrawn consent
  • Patients with heel pain present less than 3 months

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01431066

Canada, British Columbia
Division of Sports Medicine
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z3
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of British Columbia
BioElectronics Corporation

Responsible Party: University of British Columbia Identifier: NCT01431066     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H11-01828
First Posted: September 9, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 3, 2014
Last Verified: September 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fasciitis, Plantar
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Foot Diseases