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Study of plantar fasciitis treatment is flawed

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 09 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:870
  1. James Michelson, professor, orthopaedic surgery (
  1. George Washington University School of Medicine, Medical Education Center, Room 6200, 900 23rd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA

    EDITOR—Haake et al performed a multi-centre randomised controlled trial of extracorporeal shock wave treatment for plantar fasciitis.1 They say that their study is definitive and they therefore recommend against any further experimental testing of this treatment, but the study has sufficient methodological flaws to render their conclusions questionable. …

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