New study compares two treatment methods for acute plantar.
Patients in the stretching group, were told to perform stretching exercises three times a day, for eight weeks. All patients were contacted by phone every two weeks to check on training compliance. After four weeks, the patients were told to slowly return to their previous sport and/or recreational activity. Patients in group two received three sessions of radial shock-wave therapy, three times a week.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel, and approximately two million patients are treated for plantar fasciitis each year.
More than 80% of patients with plantar fasciitis will improve within 10 months of starting simple treatment methods.
Dr Furia suggests that approximately 20% of patients with plantar fasciitis develop a chronic condition. (EurekAlert/November 2010)