Plantar Fasciitis

Long Term Results for Plantar fasciitis ( with or without heel spur)? Plantar Fasciitis can be a difficult problem to cure particularly when all options already seem to have been considered.  A recent study of patients with chronic plantar fasciitis using Extra- corporeal shockwave treatment to eliminate their pain shows that the long term results are very favourable using this method & its clinical application has been very successful when compared to other conservative treatments.  Available through Queensland Lithotripsy Services (...

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Studies continue on the efficacy of Shockwave lithotripsy in orthopaedics. Articles published recently in the Journal of foot and Ankle Surgery concluded that: ESWT was “ both efficacious and safe for participants with chronic plantar fasciitis that had been unresponsive to exhaustive conservative treatment” jfas45(4):156-210 2006 “The results of the present study support the use of electromagnetically generated extracorporeal shockwave therapy for the treatment of refractory plantar heel pain”   jfas46(5):348-357 2007 Over 16 years experience using lithotripsy equipment 8 years...

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Plantar fasciitis seems to be the flavour of the month at present. It is a very common problem but not always the easiest to treat. Recently published articles show that ESWT is becoming an increasingly popular mode of treatment and provides a very effective second line treatment where other conservative measures have failed e.g cortisone, orthotics, stretches/physio etc. It has minimal side effects and in our experience the effects have been quite long term with patients more likely to return...

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