I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis under my right heel 2 years ago which during the course of time became very painful and unbearable to walk on. I was unable to walk at a reasonable pace, unable to walk for long, every step that I took was painful and commuting to work every day was uncomfortable as I had a lot of walking to do between the link from the train to the tube. My GP suggested a cortisone injection but I was not a fan of injections and I understood that the injection was very painful so I refused it. He then referred me to see a podiatrist who arranged for me to have a custom made insole to insert in my shoes. It did help a bit but not much.
I was then referred for a specialist opinion and after a detailed assessment specific exercises and a course of Shock wave Therapy was recommended. It was a 3 course treatment. During the first session it was painful and after the first session it felt sore and I limped even more than before. But the following day there was a great improvement in my walking and the limping was less. After the third session it was less painful. After a month of having the treatment the pain was almost gone and with continual exercise I am now walking without pain. It is now 2 years since I had the treatment. It has made such a difference to my life. I can walk long distances now and I can keep up with other commuters!
I would strongly recommend this form of treatment. I thought that I would have to live with pain for the rest of my life and never thought I would be walking pain free again.