I have had plantar fasciitis for over a year now, have tried a variety of treatments (e.g. stretching, golf ball rolling, night splint, physical therapy, etc.), and would like to know the efficacy of shock wave therapy. I am aware of some older studies that indicated it was not more effective than sham therapy, but also that therapy might vary depending upon the machine/technique used.
So, my question is this: is extracorporeal shock wave therapy effective for treating plantar fasciitis or similar ailments?
These earlier studies being:
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy for plantar fasciitis. A double blind randomised controlled trial;
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy for plantar fasciitis: randomised controlled multicentre trial;
- Ultrasound-Guided Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis A Randomized Controlled Trial