Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common
conditions presenting to foot and ankle specialists.
Although the condition is usually
responsive to conservative and nonoperative
care, recalcitrant plantar fasciitis occurs in
10–20 % of the patients treated.
Until recently, plantar fasciotomy, with or
without spur resection or release of nerve
entrapments, has been the only option for this
ever-increasing patient population.
For 6 years we have patiently awaited the
opportunity to evaluate this newmodali ty of
extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT).
As one would expect, skepticism and cynicism
prevailed until our first 10 patients rendered
favorable responses within days of treatment.
Lowell Weil, Jr., one of my associates,
embraced this technology and we traveled to
Naples, Italy, in June of 2000 to attend the 2nd
International Meeting of the International
Musculoskeletal Shock Wave Association. We
were thoroughly impressed with the honesty
and attempt at providing results according to
Upon meeting Jan Rompe, we found an individual
who was energetic, bright, and honest.
With the recent application and ongoing
clinical trials of ESWT occurring in the United
States, I encouraged Dr. Rompe to write a book
in English as a work of reference for those of
us who are monolingual.
As an author of more than 12 papers on
ESWT, Jan Rompe was able to write this text,
which is a combination of a current literature
reviewa nd the results of clinical trials at his
medical institution, on virtually every application
of musculoskeletal ESWT. With more
than 200 relevant references, this book will be
a “must read” for those wishing to learn more
and apply this exciting and newt echnology.