How shockwave therapy can relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is very painful condition that can become chronic if not treated promptly. But how could shockwave therapy help to relieve the discomfort of this debilitating problem?
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a condition caused by the inflammation of the connective tissues that pass along the bottom of your feet from your heel bone to your toes. Sufferers of this condition suffer burning or stabbing pain in their feet, usually after periods of inactivity. The condition can last for a short time or may become a chronic problem if left untreated.
Common causes of plantar fasciitis include:
- excessive overload during exercise, such as running long distances or climbing stairswearing poorly fitting shoes or wearing shoes with high heels on a regular basis for long periods of time
- wearing poorly fitting shoes or wearing shoes with high heels on a regular basis for long periods of time
- recent weight gain
- trauma or injury to the feet
- flat feet
- standing for long periods of time, for example, whilst working in a shop
How can shockwave therapy treat plantar fasciitis?
Diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is usually made via ultrasound and sometimes by using x-rays. The condition is usually managed by physiotherapy and wearing special footwear. However, shockwave therapy is a very effective method of actually treating the condition, rather than simply managing it.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) releases shockwaves into the affected area of your foot. This effectively kick-starts the body’s natural healing process by causing minimal trauma within the affected tissue. The damaged tissue heals quickly in response to the trauma.
The expected success rate of shockwave therapy treatment for plantar fasciitis is around 80% and is most effective in people who have suffered from the condition for over six months and up to one year. After this time, the body will stop healing itself, leaving the sufferer in chronic discomfort.
ESWT is a non-invasive, totally safe, painless procedure that takes just a few minutes. Three treatments are typically required and beneficial effects are usually felt after two to four months.
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Plantar fasciitis is a painful and debilitating condition that can become chronic if not treated promptly and appropriately. For more information about how ESWT can help, contact our helpful team of experts today.