Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
People spend a lot of time on their feet. Whether at work or for exercise, our feet take a lot of punishment. It’s inevitable that issues will arise. While most of these can just be an ache here or some mild pain there; sometimes, the issues that cause pain in your feet are serious and long lasting like in the case of Plantar Fasciitis.
But what is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation or damage of a specific band of tissue found at the bottom of your feet called the plantar fascia. The function of this band of tissue is to serve as a shock absorber for your foot, lessening the impact of walking and running. Eventually, the constant strain caused by these activities can damage the plantar fascia, leading to this complication.
Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that can cause significant and prolonged heel pain if left untreated. Studies have shown that around 10% of people are likely to suffer from this problem. Statistically, women are more likely to suffer from this condition. There are a number of different possible causes for this. Some of them include:
- Flat feet or high foot arches
- Being overweight or obese
- Improper shoe support
- Constant rigorous exercise like running
- Standing or walking for excessive amounts of time
- Age: many cases of Plantar Fasciitis occur in people between 40 and 60 years old
- Frequent wearing of high heels
Occupationally, people who work in retail, manufacturing, or customer service are likely to suffer from Plantar Fasciitis as these jobs tend to require long hours of standing or walking. Athletes are also at risk from the condition as well as long hours of training ac competition deal significant strain on the plantar fascia.
Pain that comes from Plantar Fasciitis can sneak up on you. It can start as only a mild pain that can be easily ignored by a slight change to your walking gait, but this can lead to further complications as well. Often this pain is most apparent at the heel, providing significant discomfort as most of our weight while standing is focused on it.
This pain can be particularly worse right after a time of rest like during the morning or after a long day. Alternatively, pain might occur right after vigorous activity like running or jogging.
Home and Lifestyle Treatments
There are a number of home treatments that might help a patient suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. Some of these may include:
- A cold ice compress on the affected area
- Raising your feet a little while you sleep
- Some light muscle stretches
- Purchasing better footwear with the appropriate support
- Pursuing less rigorous exercise routines
It’s important to note however, that some of these home remedies only alleviate pain temporarily, or are preventative measures that keep your foot from further damage. For severe cases of this condition, further medical attention would be required.
There are a number of more intensive medical treatments that can be used to treat Plantar Fasciitis. These can range between invasive and non-invasive methods. Some of these methods will be listed here.
Surgery : is a last resort only reserved for severe cases. While the surgery is largely safe, there are potential issues of nerve damage and the possibility of significant recovery time. Usually the surgery serves to alleviate tension on the plantar fascia or reduce the stress it takes.
Physical and Massage Therapies involves supervised treatment and exercises meant to gently stretch your muscles in a way that will ease the pressure on your plantar fascia and encourage the healing of tears. Massages also assist in alleviating pain to these parts as well.
Orthonics and Night Splints are prescribed medical supports that are more effective at alleviating pain and preventing further damage than what’s readily available in stores. These can be designed specifically for your foot to provide the most effective support. Night splints keep your feet flexed as you sleep, allowing the plantar fascia to rest itself.
Anti-inflammatory Injections can also be used to alleviate pain but are invasive and potentially painful for the patient. There is also the risk for side effects when pursuing this type of treatment for your plantar fasciitis.
But How Can Shockwave Therapy Help with Your Plantar Fasciitis?
Shockwave Therapy helps in the treatment of your Plantar Fasciitis by breaking down scar tissue that forms in the plantar fascia, then encourages better blood circulation which can lead to a faster recovery time.
The major advantage to using Shockwave Therapy is that it is non-invasive. No surgery or injections are required during treatment. In fact, studies have shown that in some cases, Shockwave therapy is actually more effective than an anti-inflammatory injection.
Another study has also shown comparative results between the use of shockwave therapy and an injection, with the further advantage that patients are generally happier with the former as their treatment. Proving that shockwave therapy provides a safe alternative in dealing with the problems posed by Plantar Fasciitis.
Shockwave Therapy is a perfect choice to complement other treatment options as it can assist in reducing recovery times, as well as ease the pain associated with the rest and healing process. It’s a safe, non-intrusive way of ensuring steady recovery and comes with fewer and less significant side effects than surgery or anti-inflammatory drugs.
If you would like to know more about Shockwave Therapy and its uses, Magne-tec is the exclusive distributor of the EMS Swiss DolorClast Shockwave Therapy Machine for all of Canada. The DolorClast is the first, safest and most effective machine for performing Shockwave Therapy. For any further questions you may have, contact us here.