Evaluation of magnetic foil and PPT Insoles in the treatment of heel pain

J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 1997 Jan;87(1):11-6. doi: 10.7547/87507315-87-1-11.


The effect of a magnetic foil placed in the PPT/Rx Firm Molded Insole on the relief of heel pain was determined using the foot function index. Nineteen patients wore the PPT/Rx Firm Molded Insoles with the magnetic foil for 4 weeks and 15 patients wore the same PPT/Rx Firm Molded Insole with no magnetic foil for the same time. Approximately 60% of patients in both groups reported improvement. There was also no significant difference in the improvement between the magnetic foil group and the PPT/Rx Firm Molded Insole group in their scores on the post-treatment foot function index. These results suggest that the PPT/Rx Firm Molded Insole alone was effective in treating heel pain after only 4 weeks. The magnetic foil offered no advantage over the plain insole.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Foot / physiopathology
  • Heel*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Orthotic Devices*
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Pain Management*
  • Shoes