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Table 2 Baseline characteristics of participants in respective trials. (N/a- data not available).

From: The effectiveness of extra corporeal shock wave therapy for plantar heel pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Author Age mean (SD and/or range) years Female:male (% female) Mean BMI (SD)
  Treatment group Control group Treatment group Control group Treatment group Control group
Abt et al [21] 56.5 57.4 11:6 (64.7) 9:6 (60) 30.1 28.5
Buch et al [27] 50.4 (10.3, 26–69) 53.0 (9.7, 31–72) 61:14 (81.3) 46:26 (63.9) 28.9 28.5
Buchbinder et al [10] 52.2 (12.8) 54.2 (12.0) 46:3 (57.5) 47:3 (58.0) 29.5 28.9
Cosentino et al [33] 55.6 (45–68) 18:12 (60.0) 25:5 (83.3) N/a N/a
Haake et al [11] 53.1 (10.8) 52.9 (10.8) 98:37 (72.6) 106:30 (77.9) 29.4 (4.9) 29.7 (4.8)
Krischek et al [22] 54.0 55.0 (56.0) (72.0) N/a N/a
Ogden et al [28] 49.6 (20–79) 171 (65.9) N/a N/a
Rompe et al [32] 44.0 (26–61) 49.0 (31–63) 21:29 (42.0) 20:30 (40.) N/a N/a
Rompe et al [30] 47.0 (26–61) 51.0 (31–58) 5:10 (33.3) 6:9 (40) N/a N/a
Rompe et al [31] 43.0 (32–59) 40.0 (30–61) 10:12 (45.5) 13:10 (56.5) N/a N/a
Speed et al [12] 51.7 (25–76) 52.5 (30–73) 26:20 (56.5) 25:17 (59.5) N/a N/a