Extracoporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
Electracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) uses pulses of sound energy (shock waves). It is thought to work for plantar fasciitis by causing microtrauma which triggers a healing response, thereby reducing pain and promoting healing.
RESCU Treatment Ratings
R = Risk E = Effectiveness S = Self-Care
C = Cost U = Usefulness (overall rating)
1 = Least Favorable 5 = Most Favorable
ESWT appears to be a relatively safe procedure, though there are few systematic reviews of side effects in the scientific literature. One study showed side effects included localized pain, swelling, redness, bruising, numbness or tingling, severe headaches, and throbbing sensations occurred but were generally short-lived.