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Efficacy of a Custom Temporary Foot Orthosis for Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified June 2013 by Robert Boyles, University of Puget Sound.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Robert Boyles, University of Puget Sound Identifier:
First received: June 17, 2013
Last updated: June 20, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
The aim of this randomized control trial is to identify the possible effectiveness of the temporary use of an inexpensive, custom-made plantar fascia orthotic (PFO).

Condition Intervention
Plantar Fasciitis Device: Custom PFO Other: Faux orthosis

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Efficacy of a Custom Temporary Foot Orthosis for Plantar Fasciitis Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

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Further study details as provided by Robert Boyles, University of Puget Sound:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Foot Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) to measure change from Baseline at 4 time frames [ Time Frame: Baseline, 2wks, 4 wks, 12 wks, 6 months ]
    The FAAM has been shown to be a valid and reliable self-reported outcome measure of lower leg, ankle, and foot function of a range of musculoskeletal disorders in a physical therapy setting

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Global Rating of Change (GRC) to measure perceived change at 4 follow-up periods [ Time Frame: 2 wks, 4 wks, 12 weeks, 6 months ]
    The GRC is a 15 point scale used to measure patient's perceived change in their health status compared to baseline.

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NPRS) to measure change from baseline at 4 different time frames [ Time Frame: Baseline, 2 wks, 4 wks, 12 wks and 6 months ]
    THe NPRS is a 11 point self report measure for rating the patient's pain. Will will be using the NPRS to rate first step pain.

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: September 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Custom PFO orthosis
This is a custom made orthosis
Device: Custom PFO
PFO made out of thermoplastic material molded to the patient's foot
Placebo Comparator: Faux foot orthosis
Foam insert without arch support
Other: Faux orthosis
Foam cut out

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects must be able to tolerate the physical examination and treatment procedures, have symptoms greater than four weeks, able to read, write, and speak sufficient English to be able to complete the outcome tools, plus two of three of the following: symptom reproduction with palpation of the proximal plantar fascia insertion and/or mid substance of plantar fascia, positive Windlass test and/or first step pain after period of inactivity

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current symptoms consistent with a lumbar radiculitis, radiculopathy, or myelopathy, history of foot or ankle fracture with or without the presence of hardware from an open reduction internal fixation, positive tarsal tunnel syndrome test, known or suspected pregnancy, and systemic Rheumatic disease, or those undergoing litigation for any medical condition.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01882894

Contact: Robert E Boyles, PT, DSc 253-879-3633

United States, Washington
University of Puget Sound Not yet recruiting
Tacoma, Washington, United States, 98416
Contact: Robert E Boyles, PT, DSc    253-879-3633   
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Puget Sound
  More Information

Responsible Party: Robert Boyles, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Puget Sound Identifier: NCT01882894     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PFO Trial
Study First Received: June 17, 2013
Last Updated: June 20, 2013

Keywords provided by Robert Boyles, University of Puget Sound:
Plantar fasciitis, orthotic, functional outcome

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fasciitis, Plantar
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Foot Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017