Plantar fasciitis is the most common reason for heel pain. The condition causes tenderness or soreness in the sole under the heel. At times, the pain extends into the medial arch. The pain caused by plantar fasciitis is associated with a poor quality of life and may even cause substantial disability.
While the use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy is still relatively low when compared to more traditional treatments and surgery, research has provided evidence for its efficacy in relieving pain in chronic plantar fasciitis.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What Does Shock Wave Therapy Involve?
Shock wave therapy is quickly becoming an alternative treatment option for patients with chronic conditions that cause pain and impair mobility, such as calcific tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and tennis elbow. The procedure is non-invasive and utilizes electromagnetic pulses or pressurized air to delivered focused shock waves to the affected region in the body.
The science behind shockwave therapy is that by introducing a microtrauma to the injured or damaged tissue, a healing response is initiated in the body. This healing response is characterized by the repair and formation of blood vessels and increased delivery of vital nutrients to the affected area. The induced repair process relieves the painful symptoms.
Shock Wave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
Shock wave therapy is an appealing and effective treatment option primarily because it is non-invasive. Treating some conditions, such as plantar fasciitis through conventional methods, can be a challenge. Furthermore, surgical operations for plantar fasciitis can lead to potentially serious complications.
Shock wave therapy is an extremely viable treatment alternative because it is fairly convenient when considering the daily lives of patients, and it has a quick recovery time. Shock wave therapy stimulates recovery because it destroys sensory unmyelinated nerve fibres and stimulates collagen synthesis and neovascularization in degenerative tissues.
If you’ve begun to feel pain in your heel, it may be due to plantar fasciitis, and you should immediately seek treatment.
At Divergent Healthcare, we specialize in alternate, non-invasive forms of therapy to relieve painful symptoms from chronic conditions. We are an industry-leading healthcare and physiotherapy provider based in Calgary. We provide shock wave therapy for a host of chronic conditions, including plantar fasciitis, muscle pain, lower back pain, knee pain, elbow pain, foot pain, neck pain, and more. We also specialize in custom foot orthotics for other foot-related conditions.