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January 8, 2003

Shock Wave Therapy for Treatment of Plantar FasciitisShock Wave Therapy for Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(2):172-173. doi:10.1001/jama.289.2.172-a

To the Editor: I have several concerns about the study of Dr Buchbinder and colleagues.1 First, the study enrolled patients who had only 6 weeks of symptoms, without a minimum baseline pain level requirement. By contrast, my study of the higher-energy device approved by the US Food and Drug Administration required symptoms of at least 6 months' duration with a minimum pain scale score criterion (G.H.T., unpublished data, 2002). The reason is that most cases of plantar fasciitis are self-limited and resolve within 6 to 8 months.

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