Research-Shockwave and Injection

A recent article published in the Journal of  the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests that  extracorporeal shockwave therapy and corticosteroid injection are effective in the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis.

The aim of the study was to evaluate the results of high-dose extracorporeal shockwave therapy applied with an ankle block and corticosteroid injection in patients with plantar fasciitis whose symptoms persisted for more than 6 months.

Sixty patients were assessed clinically at presentation and at 3-month follow-up.

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy and corticosteroid injection provided significant improvements in visual analog scale and heel tenderness index scores.  Twenty-seven of 33 patients (82%) in the extracorporeal shockwave therapy group and 23 of 27 (85%) in the corticosteroid injection group had a successful therapeutic response after 3 months.

The researchers therefore concluded that Corticosteroid injection and extracorporeal shockwave therapy are successful treatment modalities for plantar fasciitis.

Read the full article in JAPMA online

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