Two emerging technologies for Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciopathy

Clin Podiatr Med Surg. 2015 Apr;32(2):183-93. doi: 10.1016/j.cpm.2014.11.002. Epub 2015 Feb 3.


Some common overuse injuries, such as Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis (or fasciopathy), can be refractory to treatment. When standard treatment options fail, operative intervention often becomes the treatment of last resort. Recently, newer technologies have been developed and refined, and can provide potential benefits for these conditions using noninvasive and minimally invasive approaches. Two technologies, extracorporeal shock wave therapy and ultrasound-guided percutaneous tenotomy/fasciotomy are discussed.

Keywords: Achilles tendinopathy; Extracorporeal shock wave therapy; Percutaneous fasciotomy; Percutaneous tenotomy; Plantar fasciitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Achilles Tendon / injuries*
  • Fasciitis, Plantar / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Tendinopathy / therapy*
  • Tenotomy / instrumentation*
  • Ultrasonic Therapy / instrumentation*