Platelet rich plasma is better than corticosteroid in longterm outcome in planter fasciitis: A study in a tertiary level teaching hospital at Dhaka, Bangladesh


Md. Johurul Hoque1 , Muhammad Emam Zaman2 , Ripon Kumar Das3 , Mohammad Sayeed AL Mahmud4 , Mahbuba Khatun5


This is a prospective comparative study to compare the efficacy of PRP injection versus corticosteroid injection for planter fasciitis. 35 male and 25 female (Mean Age 35.5 yrs.) presenting with planter fasciitis were randomized to receive there Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection (2ml PRP with 2ml of 2% xylocaine) given by a single surgeon. Patients were assessed before (Days0) and after (Days 30, 60, 90) treatment for chronic heel pain more than 6 months. Patients where followed up 1 year to assess heel pain over the calcaneal tuberocity. In the present study of 60 patients there were 35 male and 25 female. In the present study of 60 patients the mean age was 35.5 years (Range between 35 to 65 years). Infection, rupture of plantar fascia, heel pad atrophy and neurovascular damage where not found. Five patient reported pain for unto 9 days after PRP injection. In both groups heel pain improved dramatically after treatment, but the mode of improvement different. Compared with PRP injection. Corticosteroid injection improve at a faster rate over the first 30 days and then started to decline slightly until 90 days. After PRP injection heel pain, function improve steadily and where eventually better. PRP injection and Corticosteroid injection 30 days and faster rate 60 days of both group P-Value 0.0001. Almost high grater rate 60 days, group comparison with heel pain and function of the patients. PRP was more effective over the long term follow up period then corticosteroid injection in improving heel pain and function. That’s way we recommend PRP in a first line injection treatment because it is very simple, cheap and more effective.

Keywords: PRP Injection, heel pain, planter fasciitis, corticosteroid injection

  1. Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  2. Registrar, Orthopedics

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  3. Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  4. Medical Officer

    Norsingdi Sadar Hospital, Dhaka

  5. OSD, Department of Surgery

    Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka

Volume 1, Number 2, July 2019
Page: 11-14