Question: In patients with plantar fasciitis, what is the short and
long-term effectiveness of foot orthoses?Design: Randomized (allocation concealed), blinded (patients),
sham-controlled trial with 3 and 12-month follow-up.Setting: A university podiatry clinic in Australia.Patients: 136 patients who had a clinical diagnosis of plantar
fasciitis and had had symptoms for =4 weeks. Exclusion criteria were a
history of a major orthopaedic or medical condition that may have influenced
the development of plantar fasciitis. One patient dropped out before treatment
was given, leaving 135 patients (mean age, 48 y; 66% women). Follow-up was 99%
at 3 months and 97% at 12 months.