• 1

    Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics: Older Americans 2000: Key Indicators of Well-Being, US Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, August. 2000. .

  • 2

    Riddle DL, Schappert MA: Volume of ambulatory care visits and patterns of care for patients diagnosed with plantar fasciitis: a national study of medical doctors. .Foot Ankle Int 25::303. ,2004. .

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • 3

    Al Fisher Associates Inc: 2002 Podiatric Practice Survey: statistical results. .JAPMA 93::67. ,2003. .

  • 4

    Boberg JS, Dauphinee DM: “Plantar Heel,” in McGlamry’s Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery, ed by AS Banks, MS Downey, DE Martin, et al, 3rd Ed, p 467, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. ,2001. .

  • 5

    Malay DS: “Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spur Syndrome: A Retrospective Analysis,” in Reconstructive Surgery of the Foot and Leg: Update ’96, ed by NS Vickers, p 133, The Podiatry Institute, Tucker, GA. ,1996. .

  • 6

    Thordarson DB, Kumar PJ, Hedman TP, et al: Effect of partial versus complete plantar fasciotomy on the windlass mechanism. .Foot Ankle Int 18::16. ,1997. .

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • 7

    Sharkey NA, Donahue SW, Ferris L: Biomechanical consequences of plantar fascial release or rupture during gait: part II. Alterations in forefoot loading. .Foot Ankle Int 20::86. ,1999. .

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • 8

    Barrett SL, Day SV, Pignett TT, et al: Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy: a multi-surgeon prospective analysis of 652 cases. .J Foot Ankle Surg 34::1. ,1995. .

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Rompe JD, Deckings J, Schoellner C, et al: Shock wave application for chronic plantar fasciitis in running athletes. .Am J Sports Med 31::268. ,2003. .

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
  • Theodore G, Buch M, Amendola A, et al: Extracorporeal shock wave therapy for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. .Foot Ankle Int 25::290. ,2004. .

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
  • Thomas JL, Christensen JC, Kravitz SR, et al: Clinical practical guideline: the diagnosis and treatment of heel pain. .J Foot Ankle Surg 40::329. ,2001. .

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
  • Weil LS Jr, Roukis TS, Weil LS Sr, et al: Extracorporeal shock wave therapy for the treatment of plantar fasciitis: indications, protocol, intermediate results, and a comparison of results to fasciotomy. .J Foot Ankle Surg 41::166. ,2002. .

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar

Effectiveness of Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment in 353 Patients with Chronic Plantar Fasciitis

Donald M. Norris United Shockwave Therapies, Des Plaines, IL.

Search for other papers by Donald M. Norris in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
 MD
,
Kimberly M. Eickmeier Department of Podiatric Surgery and Medicine, Christie Clinic PC, Champaign, IL.

Search for other papers by Kimberly M. Eickmeier in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
 DPM
, and
Bruce R. Werber Instep Foot & Ankle Specialists, Warwick, RI.

Search for other papers by Bruce R. Werber in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
 DPM
Restricted access

A 16-question post-treatment survey was sent to 874 patients after extracorporeal shockwave treatment for chronic plantar fasciitis. Of the 377 surveys returned, 353 were used for analysis. These patients were treated by 169 physicians in 19 states using either electrohydraulic or electromagnetic extracorporeal shockwave equipment. Seventy-six percent of the patients underwent treatment after having had continued pain for a year or longer. Seventy percent of patients who rated their pretreatment pain level as severe (score ≥ 8 on a scale from 1 to 10) experienced sharp declines in pain, with a sharp decline considered to be a difference in pain level before and after treatment of 3 or more. In addition, 66% of patients who rated their pretreatment immobility as severe (score ≥ 8 on a scale from 1 to 10) experienced sharp declines in immobility. Of the patients who underwent extracorporeal shockwave treatment, 69% indicated that they would recommend this procedure to someone in a similar situation. If extracorporeal shockwave treatment were not available, 62% of patients indicated that they would have undergone open or invasive surgery, and 41% indicated that they would have continued with additional physician office visits. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 95(6): 517–524, 2005)

Corresponding author: Kimberly M. Eickmeier, DPM, Department of Podiatric Surgery and Medicine, Christie Clinic PC, 1801 W Windsor Rd, Champaign, IL 61821.