What MIGHT work for Plantar Heel Pain: part 2 of the series

In part 2 of this series on the clinical effectiveness of treatments for MSK and sports injury that have a strong evidence base, we examine what MIGHT work for plantar heel pain (PHP).

In other words, there is some evidence for the efficacy of these therapies, but also some conflicting data in the literature. And, whereas Part 1 was all about what you definitely should not do, this is all about what might be a reasonable option.

First up, let’s take a look at Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)


Now I know some of you will already be thinking “well obviously ESWT works”, and for the most part I will agree. However, there is quite a gap in the literature in relation to when it works for PHP, and at what dosage, and with what type of beam. In short, there are quite a few variables.

The discussion in relation to the literature is not dissimilar to that on orthotic therapy in that often the clear dosage applied is not outlined.

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical