Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Buchbinder and colleagues1 found that ESWT for plantar fasciitis may not be
as beneficial as previously thought. The treatment protocol, however, differed
from prior trials in terms of number of treatment sessions, energy dose delivered
at each session, and use of anesthesia. The authors do not provide the number
of patients who did not require additional treatment following ESWT and the
dosage that they were able to tolerate.
Miller S. Shock Wave Therapy for Treatment of Plantar FasciitisShock Wave Therapy for Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. JAMA. 2003;289(2):172-173. doi:10.1001/jama.289.2.172-a