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.