A novel technique of cultivating autologous blood with gold particles; then separating the gold particles and cells from the serum and injecting the conditioned serum into affected plantar fascia. A first-time report of the safety and efficacy in treatment of recalcitrant plantar fasciosis in an Olympic equestrian. A single patient with clinical signs, symptoms and ultrasound evidence of plantar fasciosis was treated with four intra-ligamentous GOLDIC® injection therapy. The Olympic jumper was evaluated by Visual Analog Scale (VAS), Foot and Ankle Disability Index (FADI), and Global Rating of Change (GRoC) score(s) before injection and at 6-month follow-up. VAS, FADI, and GRoC scores showed substantial and marked improvement clinically. The subject was able to return to sport without limitations after 8 weeks. The initial result demonstrates that the treatment regimen is safe, and efficacious. The subject demonstrated reduction of pain, and improved function that allowed return to high level competition.
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Melo, S.N.S., Ezekwesili, A., Yurdi, N.A. et al. Gold-Induced Cytokine (GOLDIC®) Injection Therapy in Patient with Plantar Fasciosis: A Case Report. JOIO 54, 348–351 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s43465-020-00089-4
- Plantar fasciitis
- Intra-ligamentous injection
- Pain Relief
- Functional Score
- Regenerative medicine
- Pain management
- Translational medical research
- Fascia pathology
- Fascia injuries
- Fasciitis. Plantar/etiology
- Fasciitis. Plantar/physiopathology