Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition that causes foot pain. Advances in technology have led researchers to use ultrasound to deliver extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) and reduce the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. There have been various studies evaluating extracorporeal shock wave therapy for plantar fasciitis. One recent study suggests that radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy significantly improves pain, function, and quality of life compared with placebo in patients with recalcitrant plantar fasciitis. It's great to see how advances in technology are improving the landscape of medicine.

2 comments:

  1. What about trying on better shoes also? I believe that there is a great pair of sneakers sold at this place called Shoe Village in Flushing, NY. I haven't tried them myself, but people who did swear by it. I think it's by a company named Murrell?

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  2. Of course there are other methods such as shoes, stretching exercises, splints, orthotics, injections, etc. I think the exciting areas are where medicine and technology collide such as the use of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy.

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