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Effects of Induced Microcurrent Shoes on Change of Blood Circulationto to patients with Chronic Plantar
J Kor Soc Phys Ther 2006;18(3):71-78
Published online June 25, 2006
© 2006 The Korean Society of Physical Therapy.

Yoon-Mi Lee, PT, MS; Rae-Joon Park, PT, PhD1; Sang-Joon Choi, MD2; Goh Ah Cheng,
PT, PhD3; Mi-Suk Cho, PT, MS4; Jeong-Sun Cho, PT, MS4; Yong-Ho Cho, PT5; So Hyun
Park, PT5

A Physical Therapy Major, Graduate School of Rehabilitation Science, Daegu University; 1Department of Physical
Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Science, Daegu University; 2Pyounghwa Neurosugery Clinic; 3Department of
Physical Therapy, Shinshu University; 4,5A Physical Therapy Major, Graduate School of Rehabilitation Science,
Daegu University
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate how induced microcurrent shoes influenced changes of the blood circulation in patients with Plantar Fasciitis. Methods: Initially, the subjects were comprised of 5 males and 5 females, who agreed with this research and are more than fifty years old, but 4 of those were dropped during the experiment. They all have plantar fasciitis and pain on their feet. Subjects wore the induced microcurrent shoes for more than 4 hours everyday during 4 weeks. When they wore those shoes, they also wore the specially produced shocks made of silver-mixed thread and they were asked to avoid intense exercise. Assessments were carried out before and after walking on a treadmill and we
measured changes between the test before and after 4 weeks. In the examination of the before test, general shoes were used, and in the examination of the after test, induced microcurrent shoes were used. Temperature difference was measured by thermograpy DOREX spectrum 9000MB(USA). Subjects walked total 20 minutes and during gait, the walking rate on a treadmill was increased from 2Km/h to 3Km/h after 10 minutes. We measured plantar temperature by thermograpy especially both heel, 1st, and 5th metatarsal areas. Results: Firstly, in comparison of the blood circulation on the left and right foot at 0 week and 4 weeks, it tended toward increasing blood circulation but there was no statistically significant difference (p>0.05). Secondly, in comparison of the blood circulation before and after treadmill with the induced microcurrent shoes, the blood circulation of the heel and the 5th area on the right foot was increased to all subjects(p<0.05). Conclusion: The results of this study revealed that subjects showed tendency to increase blood circulation in both right and left feet after wearing microcurrent shoes and specially after walking treadmill at 4 weeks. Therefore induced microcurrent shoes are useful to improve blood circulation for patients with plantar fasciitis.
Keywords : Microcurrent shoes, Thermograpy, Plantar fasciitis

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