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Original clinical research

Here is a list of all the papers presenting original clinical work, up to 2019, that I referred to in the book, plus the four new RCTs published in 2020:

Akhbari B, Salavati M, Ezzati K, et al. The use of dry needling and myofascial meridians in a case of plantar fasciitis. J Chiropr Med 2014; 13: 43-48 DOI: 10.1016/j.jcm.2014.01.006.

Al-Boloushi Z, Gómez-Trullén EM, Arian M, et al. Comparing two dry needling interventions for plantar heel pain: a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open; July 2020;10:e038033. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038033 [free open access] [view commentary]

Bagcier F, Yilmaz N. The Impact of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy and Dry Needling Combination on Pain and Functionality in the Patients Diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery 59(4), 689-693, April 2020.  doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2019.09.038. [view commentary]

Bailey S. Acupuncture management of a case with chronic heel pain. Podiatry Now, 2009; June: 21-25.

Bijak M. [Patient mit Fersensporn]. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur 2010; 53: 43-45.

Chen BX and Zhao YL. Treatment of painful heel with combined method of traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine. Clinical analysis of 900 cases. Chin Med J (Engl) 1985; 98: 471-474.

Chen C. Using Yanglao (SI6) as the main acupoint to treat heel pain by acupuncture. Zhong Guo Zhen Jiu 2002; 22: 400.

Chen H and Yun Y. [60 cases of senile heel pain point [Ashi, KI3, BL60] injection therapy]. Zhong Guo Zhen Jiu 1996 16 39.

Chen J. An introduction of the single acupoint application of Professor Ouyang Qun. International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture 2009; 18: 43-47.

Chen SC. Needling Fengchi in treatment of pain in the heel: a report of 17 cases. International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture 1996; 7: 209-210.

Cotchett MP, Munteanu SE and Landorf KB. Effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain: a randomized controlled trial. Phys Ther 2014; 94: 1083-1094. 2014 Apr 3. DOI: 10.2522/ptj.20130255.

Cotton HA. Acupuncture treatment used in the management of plantar fasciitis. Journal of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists 2004: 47-50.

Day J. Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis with the Yuan-Luo Point Pair: A Clinical Case Report. J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2019; 12. DOI: 10.1016/j.jams.2019.05.003.

Dunning J, Butts R, Henry N, et al. Electrical dry needling as an adjunct to exercise, manual therapy and ultrasound for plantar fasciitis: A multi-center randomized clinical trial. PLoS ONE 2018; 13: e0205405. 2018/11/01. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0205405.

Ebrahim AH, Ahmed GM, Elsayed E, et al. Effect of electro acupuncture TENS, stretching exercises and prefabricated insole in patients with plantar fasciitis. Sci J Al-Azhar Med Fac 2007; 28: 1-10.

Eftekharsadat B, Babaei-Ghazani A and Zeinolabedinzadeh V. Dry needling in patients with chronic heel pain due to plantar fasciitis: A single-blinded randomized clinical trial. Medical journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran 2016; 30: 401. 30/09/2016.

Eftekhar-Sadat B, Babaei-Ghazani A and Zeinolabedinzadeh V. Evaluation of dry needling in patients with chronic heel pain due to plantar fasciitis, doi10.1016/j.foot.2012.09.003 (2012, accessed 3/12/2012).

Feng J. Acupuncture treatment of heel pain using Houxi [SI3] point. Ch Ac & Moxib 2002 22: 400

Fernandez-Rodriguez T, Fernandez-Rolle A, Truyols-Dominguez S, et al. Prospective Randomized Trial of Electrolysis for Chronic Plantar Heel Pain. Foot Ankle Int 2018; 39: 1039-1046. DOI: 10.1177/1071100718773998.

Fu ZH. Acupuncture at the ankle and wrist joint for pains of extremeties. International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture 1994; 5: 25-28.

Gao H. Analysis of 30  cases of heel pain in middle age and elderly patients by acupuncture in HouXi (SI3) acupoint. J Henan Univ (Med Sci) 1998; 17: 54-55.

Ho LF, Guo Y, Ching JY-L, et al. Efficacy of electroacupuncture plus warm needling therapy for plantar heel pain: a randomised waitlist-controlled trial. Ac in Med; July 2020, DOI: 10.1177/0964528420946048. [view commentary]

Hu JS. Acupuncture treatment of heel pain. J Tradit Chin Med 2009; 29: 150-152.

Janz S. Plantar Fasciitis, Another Approach—Using Acupuncture and Looking Beyond the Lower Limb with a Brief Review of Conventional Care: A Case Series. Aust J Acupunct Chin Med 2010; 5: 30-36.

Karagounis P, Tsironi M, Prionas G, et al. Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis in Recreational Athletes. Foot Ankle Spec 2011; 4: 226-234. DOI: 10.1177/1938640011407320.

Kumnerddee W and Pattapong N. Efficacy of electro-acupuncture in chronic plantar fasciitis: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Chin Med 2012; 40: 1167-1176. DOI: 10.1142/S0192415X12500863.

Lee T. Non-Invasive, Multi-Modality Approach to Treating Plantar Fasciitis: A Case Study. J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2018; 11: 162-164. 2018/04/21. DOI: 10.1016/j.jams.2018.04.002.

Li S, Shen T, Liang Y, et al. Miniscalpel-Needle versus Steroid Injection for Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial with a 12-Month Follow-Up. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2014; 2014: 7. DOI: 10.1155/2014/164714. [open access]

 Liu MY, Nie RR, Chi ZH, et al. [Observation on therapeutic effect of acupuncture at Xuanzhong (GB 39) combined with Chinese herbs pyrogenic dressing therapy for treatment of calcaneus spur]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu 2010; 30: 189-191.

Liu ZA. Hand needling treatment for painful heels: a clinical observation of 20 cases. International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture 1999; 10: 95-97.

McGechie D. Case study: Plantar Fasciitis, (2015, accessed 29/6/15).

Nie H. Puncturing Zhanggen in treating 106 cases of calcanodynia. International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture 1993; 4: 201-202.

Orellana Molina A, Hernández Díaz A, Larrea Cox PJ, et al. [Láser infrarrojo frente a acupuntura en el tratamiento del espolón calcáneo]. Revista de la Sociedad Espana del Dolor 2010; 17: 69-77.

Ouyang Q and Yu G. Acupuncture at upper limb points for pain of the sole: a report of 73 cases. International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture 1996; 7: 499-501.

Perez-Millan R and Foster L. Low-frequency electroacupuncture in the management of refractory plantar fasciitis: a case series. Med Acupunct 2001; 13: 47-49.

Poetzschner Ri and Bijak M. Male patient with calcaneal spur. Deutsche Zeitschrift fur Akupunktur 2010; 53: 43-45.

Price MJ. Getting to the point! A case history. British Journal of Podiatry 2002; 5: 50-52.

Qian S-h and Chen L. Observations on the Efficacy of Warm Needling plus Chinese Herb Fumigation in Treating Plantar Fasciitis. Shanghai J Acu Moxibustion 2015 362-363.

Rosenholtz C, Kullman J, Steinbock K, et al. Plantar fascitis. Journal of Movement and Bodywork Therapies 2001; 5: 29-55.

Sahin AE, Cayir Y, Imerci A, et al. Heel Spur and Acupuncture: Does it Work? The West Indian medical journal 2015. DOI: 10.7727/wimj.2015.183.

Santha CC. Acupuncture treatment for bilateral heel pain caused by plantar fascitis. Journal of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists 2010: 67-74.

Shenberger R. Calcaneal spurs removed by a variation of acupuncture. Am J Acupunct 1981; 9: 359-361.

Smith SR. The Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chin Med Times 2008; 3.

Stone A. Acupuncture and Herbs for Heel Pain, (2009, accessed 21/02/2013).

Tillu A and Gupta S. Effect of Acupuncture Treatment on Heel Pain due to Plantar Fasciitis. Acupunct Med 1998; 16 66-68.

Uygur E, Aktaş B, Eceviz E, et al. Preliminary Report on the Role of Dry Needling Versus Corticosteroid Injection, an Effective Treatment Method for Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Foot Ankle Surg 2018; 58: 301-305. DOI: 10.1053/j.jfas.2018.08.058.

Vrchota K, Belgrade M, Johnson R, et al. True acupuncture vs. sham acupuncture and conventional sports medicine therapy for plantar fascitis pain: a controlled, double-blind study. International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture 1991; 2: 247-253.

Wang L, Guo J, Lin F, et al. Observation on Curative Effect of Warming Acupuncture and Moxibustion Combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine Fumigation in Treating Plantar Fasciitis. Modern Journal of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine 2016; 25: 4.

Wang W, Liu Y, Jiao R, et al. Comparison of electroacupuncture and manual acupuncture for patients with plantar heel pain syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Ac in Med, July 2020, doi: 10.1177/0964528420947739. [view commentary]

Wu M. Special acupuncture methods to treat heel pain. Chinese Journal of Clinical Rehabilitation 2002; 6: 3112.

Yun GW, Kang JH, Oh SY, et al. Two Cases of Plantar Fasciitis Treated with Magnetic Acupuncture. The Acupuncture 2017; 34: 89-96. DOI: 10.13045/acupunct.2017078.

Zhang SP, Yip TP and Li QS. Acupuncture Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial with Six Months Follow-up. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2009; 23: 23. DOI: 10.1093/ecam/nep186.

Zhao C. Using acupuncture to treat heel pain in the elderly. Zhong Guo Zhen Jiu 1996; 16: 39.

Zhou S-c. Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine treat heel pain syndrome. Ch Ac & Moxib 2002 22: 400

Zhu G and Zhou C. Clinical observations on the treatment of 45 heel pain patients by kidney Qi-reinforcing acupuncture technique. Shanghai J Acu Moxibustion 2003; 12: 23-24.