The effect of topical wheatgrass cream on chronic plantar fasciitis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

Complement Ther Med. 2006 Mar;14(1):3-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2005.07.003. Epub 2005 Sep 9.


Objectives: To investigate the efficacy of a topical wheatgrass cream for improving pain and function in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis.

Design: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

Setting: Eighty participants with chronic plantar fasciitis were randomly assigned to a treatment group (wheatgrass cream) or a control group (placebo cream). All participants applied a cream twice daily for 6 weeks. Follow up was conducted at 6 and 12 weeks.

Main outcome measures: Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for daily first-step pain and the Foot Health Status Questionnaire (FHSQ) for overall foot function. Secondary measures of foot posture, calf muscle strength and range of ankle dorsiflexion were also assessed.

Results: No significant differences were found between groups with respect to main outcomes of first-step pain or foot function at any time. Both groups improved significantly from baseline to 6 weeks, and these improvements were maintained at 12 weeks.

Conclusions: The topical application of wheatgrass cream is no more effective than a placebo cream for the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Fasciitis, Plantar / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Measurement
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Triticum*


  • Plant Extracts