[High energy shock wave treatment of the painful heel spur]

Unfallchirurg. 1998 Dec;101(12):914-8. doi: 10.1007/s001130050358.
[Article in German]


Extracorporal shock wave application (ESWA) has been used in the treatment of stones located in kidneys, bile, pancreas and the glandula parotis. In the last 2 years several studies have shown the benefit of the ESWA on the treatment of soft tissue disorders. The aim of this study was to explore the effect of high energy extracorporal shock waves in patients with painful calcaneus spurs. 83 patients who underwent medicophysical treatment without benefit were treated with 3000 impulses of 0.30 mj/mm2. Follow-ups after 12 weeks and 12 months showed that 51 of 83 patients became pain-free and 20 patients improved from the treatment. The results are showing the benefit of the high energy extracorporal shock wave application in the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis.

MeSH terms

  • Calcaneus* / diagnostic imaging
  • Exostoses / diagnostic imaging
  • Exostoses / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lithotripsy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Treatment Outcome