Plantar fasciitis is a major cause of dysfunction and missed work among people of all ages and backgrounds. It can lead to swelling, tenderness, and pain in the bottom part of yourfoot and heel and is caused by inflammation and irritation within a thick band of tissue on the underside of your foot known as the plantar fascia (this connective tissue forms the arch of your foot).
Plantar fasciitis symptoms are often worse first thing in the morning or after a prolonged bout of sitting. You may be at risk for developing this inflammatory pain condition if you “do too much too soon” when it comes to exercise (e.g., going from a couch potato to running 3 miles the next day), being overweight, standing a lot at your job, and having either a too flat or a too high arch in your foot.
At Advanced Pain Relief Clinic, our multidisciplinary team provides massage therapy, physiotherapy, custom orthotics fittings, and of course advanced chiropractic care including spinal decompressions and adjustments to help maximize your postural alignment, reduce strain on the irritated plantar fascia, and allow your foot to heal.
One therapeutic modality that we’ve been using with great success for our patients with plantar fasciitis and other acute and chronic pain conditions is shockwave therapy. Never heard of it? If you have plantar fasciitis, pay attention–this may be the next best thing for your foot.
How Shockwave Therapy Provides Non-Invasive Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Our clients love shockwave therapy for 3 main reasons:
1. It’s a non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free treatment.
2. It requires no downtime and causes no discomfort during the session.
3. It’s effective!
So, how does it work? Essentially, shockwave therapy uses short, high-energy sound waves emitted through a specialized wand-looking device to trigger healing changes at the cellular level of the targeted tissue. Specifically, shockwave therapy has been shown to promote cellular repair and regeneration, accelerated tissue healing, reduced scar tissue formation, and reduced pain and other symptoms of injury. It’s particularly effective in areas of the body where tissue density changes (such as around the area where ligaments and tendons attach to bones), making it an excellent modality for treating pain in and around the heel.
So, if medications and rest haven’t helped, considering consulting with our clinic in Kitchener, Owen Sound and Port Elgin. He may choose to utilize shockwave therapy as part of your plantar fasciitis treatment and get you back on your feet quickly. By relieving your pain and other symptoms as well as healing the plantar fascia itself, you’ll be able to resume your daily activities at work, in the gym, and at home. We’ll also help you make better lifestyle choices regarding nutrition and exercise to help manage your controllable risk factors and prevent future or recurring damage.