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Pre-2010 updates to the plantar fasciitis tutorial
This is a listing of updates made to the plantar fasciitis tutorial prior to 2010. They are provided for historical interest only, and as a “paper trail” demonstrating how the documents have been maintained. All newer updates are listed in the tutorial itself. Note: most of the links to specific locations within the plantar fasciitis tutorial will not work, as they are from obsolete editions.
2009 — The world of plantar fasciitis science moves slowly. However, here’s an interesting addition: “A new therapy: Intracorporeal pneumatic shock therapy (IPST).”
2009 — The visual design of the site was upgraded over the past several days. Although this is not an update to the content of this tutorial, it is nevertheless a significant upgrade for all of them — like publishing new editions of books with better typesetting and layout. The new design is even cleaner and reader-friendly; it now looks that good in most web browsers; and pages load as much as 50% faster. Many under-the-hood improvements will make it much easier for me to improve tutorial content. The tutorials are now well-oiled machines of digital publishing goodness, vastly superior to the low-production values of most eBooks. More information about the upgrade is published on the front page.
2009 — Science update for the section “Fancy ultrasound: Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).”
2008 — Minor addition of item to the list of “Don’t bother with …” treatments.
2008 — Today I made numerous minor corrections, and significantly upgraded and expanded the section “Several conditions that might get confused with plantar fasciitis” while I was researching possible causes of unusual heel pain in one of my patients. I learned some peculiar things about “fat pad syndrome,” which turns out to be almost completely unstudied and unexplained — another odd little musculoskeletal mystery.
2008 — Minor improvements to icing and contrasting prescriptions, and added a case study story.
2008 — Added a couple references and made a number of minor clarifications and corrections based on reader feedback. Thanks, everyone!
2008 — Started upgrading the footnoting method today, with minor content improvements as well. Until now, the plantar fasciitis tutorial was the only major article left on PainScience.com that didn’t use “dynamic” citations that link to the bibliography. It’s taken literally years to implement that system, and this is the final tutorial to upgrade! At long last! It won’t mean much to anyone else, but it’s quite a milestone for me.
2008 — Added the section “Super ultrasound: Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).”
2007 — Added the section “Ultrasound and “Sonic Relief™” are options … with strong caveats.” I review the Sonic Relief product for plantar fasciitis, and reveal some interesting statements from the company’s medical officer.
2007 — Added the section “Using technology to confirm a plantar fasciitis diagnosis,” and updated evidence about night splints in the “Know your stretches” section. All of this new material is summarized for free in the short article, Plantar Fasciitis Patients Have Thick Soles
2007 — Revised and expanded the introductory sections, and upgraded the sections about massaging and trigger points to be more thorough. Added reference to recent research evidence that the plantar fascia is thicker in plantar fasciitis patients.
2007 — Upgraded the orthotics section (see “Get some arch support”) with two new footnotes and some more detail and clarity.