Do you suffer from heel pain related to plantar fasciitis? If so, you’re not alone. Each year, approximately 2 million Americans experience pain due to plantar fasciitis , and more than 1 million people visit medical professionals because of this pain . Case in point, as many as 30% of runners experience plantar fasciitis . Many heel-pain-suffers are treated conservatively with rest, massage, stretching, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs . However, up to 10% of those suffering from plantar fasciitis do not experience relief with conservative treatments  and some will contemplate other treatments, including surgery.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) has been used as an "alternative treatment option for plantar fasciitis for decades due to its noninvasive nature, fast recovery time, and
convenience” . Clinical studies have shown that ESWT is a safe and effective method for the treatment of plantar fasciitis pain [5-9]. For example, when ESWT was used to address
chronic heel pain in 45 running athletes , pain on first waking (when heel pain is often the
worst) was reduced after just three treatments and that relief persisted for 12 months. In fact,
ESWT has been shown to successfully treat chronic heel pain after only two applications .
Though the biological mechanisms supporting the beneficial clinical outcome of ESWT are
unknown, studies have suggested that ESWT stimulates neovascularization, suppresses
inflammation and generates an analgesic effect which decreases pain .
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