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After standard radiation therapy, patients experience less pain from bone heel spurs

from Orthopedics Today

Short bursts of standard radiation therapy help relieve pain in patients with bone heel spurs, according to a study recently published in the International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics. In 66 patients with severe plantar fascilitis, investigators applied either a high dose of 6.0 Gy or a low dose of 0.6 Gy twice weekly on non-consecutive days to relieve pain. Patients were evaluated every 6 weeks until a 12-month follow-up. Approximately 80 percent of the standard dose patients were pain-free from the treatment, and 64 percent remained pain-free for the duration of follow-up. more

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