Shockwave Therapy As Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis
The first signs of plantar fasciitis are similar for most everyone. At first, we notice a small pain in the foot. Gradually, it gets progressively worse. It’s usually only when pain impedes daily activity that we finally consult a physician and try to figure out what’s happening.
In most cases, the pain occurs when you walk or stand for long periods of time, which is why plantar fasciitis is also referred to as “policeman’s foot.” However, it is not a simple “tired feet” scenario. This is a serious condition that can worsen and become chronic, if left untreated.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis occurs when a ligament called the plantar fascia (located at the bottom of the foot) is damaged. It is estimated that roughly 10% of us will suffer from this condition at some point in our lives. It takes time to heal because there is not a large amount of blood circulating throughout the bottom of the foot. Rest alone may not be sufficient for healing. In worst case scenarios, patients will experience excruciating pain and eventually become unable to put weight on their feet. The first symptom is usually heel pain in the morning. Apart from long hours of standing, the other influences to the development of plantar fasciitis include an increase in weight and age.
The Good News
Although it is true that change in lifestyle can dramatically decrease the symptoms, it can take a while, as much as a year, before patients can return to regular activities. Needless to say, that is too long a wait for most people. The fastest treatment has proven to be shock wave therapy. The principle behind it is simple. Shock waves are directed towards the damaged ligament to speed up the healing process.
The technology is not new. Shock wave therapy has been used to deal with kidney stones for almost 20 years, but only recently did researchers discover it works on ligaments as well. Not only that, studies reflected that people who suffered for longer periods of time showed excellent results. Each foot takes only about five minutes per session, and no anesthetic is necessary.
If you or your loved ones are suffering from plantar fasciitis our team at PromedX Sports Injury & Wellness Center can put you on the path to healing. For more information, give us a call at (905) 882-7688 and set up an appointment.