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Ultrasonographic examination of plantar fasciitis: a comparison of patient positions during examination

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, September 2016
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Title
Ultrasonographic examination of plantar fasciitis: a comparison of patient positions during examination
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Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, September 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13047-016-0171-4
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Jae Hoon Ahn, Choong Woo Lee, ChanJoo Park, Yoon-Chung Kim

Abstract

Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a non-invasive and low-cost modality for real-time visualisation of the plantar fascia. Ultrasound examination for plantar fasciitis is generally performed with the patient in a prone position, although the rational for using a prone position has not been validated. The aim of the study was to investigate if ultrasound examination in a supine position, which is more comfortable than the prone position, is valid. We conducted a prospective study of 30 participants with plantar fasciitis, 8 men (27 %) and 22 women (73 %), with a mean age of 53.9 ± 12.6 (range, 32 to 77) years, and an equal distribution of left and right feet. The plantar heel was divided into three portions for ultrasound examination: medial, central and lateral. Two measurements of plantar fascia thickness were obtained for each portion, with participants in 2 positions (supine and prone) and for 2 ankle postures (neutral and 15° of plantarflexion). Mean measurements of plantar fascia thickness were compared between the two positions (Wilcoxon signed rank tests for non-normally distributed data and paired t-tests for normally distributed data). Participants were asked to report their preferred position for examination, supine or prone. The measured thickness was comparable for both supine and prone positions, for both ankle postures, neutral and 15° of plantarflexion (p > 0.05). A specific self-reported preferred position was not identified. Ultrasound examination of plantar fasciitis can be performed in the supine position without any significant difference in measurement compared to examination in the conventional prone position. The Catholic Medical Center Office of Human Research Protection Program (CMC-OHRP)/Institutional Review Board approved the current study (Approval No. KC12DISI0338), and all participants provided their written informed consent for participation and publication.

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Unknown 51 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 11 22%
Unspecified 8 16%
Student > Master 8 16%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 14%
Other 4 8%
Other 13 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 22 43%
Nursing and Health Professions 13 25%
Unspecified 11 22%
Sports and Recreations 2 4%
Physics and Astronomy 1 2%
Other 2 4%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 14. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 July 2019.
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