Shockwave Therapy: A Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

Are you experiencing ongoing heel and foot pain when walking? Dreading those first few steps out of bed in the morning? You may be among many individuals that present with plantar fasciitis, and we can help!

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel and foot pain in adults, seen often in individuals aged 40-60 years. The plantar fascia is a connective tissue that spans the sole of the foot to provide support when standing and walking. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed it can result in significant foot pain, known as plantar fasciitis. This condition is thought to be the result of an overuse injury and degeneration after repetitive prolonged walking or running, although the exact cause remains unknown. 

How can we help?

Manual therapy is among non-surgical treatment options for PF and has been proven effective for decreasing related pain while improving function in daily life. Evidence-based recommendations include:

  • Joint and soft tissue mobilization
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Personalized rehabilitation programs to improve foot function
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Customized foot orthotics 
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy 

What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy?

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) utilizes pressurized sound waves, referred to as shockwaves, to promote beneficial responses at the cellular level. Shockwave treatments can reduce pain, destroy calcium deposits in tissues, promote cell generation, vascularization and more! Overall, ESWT can decrease pain while improving function in injured tissues, and is effective in treating many musculoskeletal conditions, particularly of cartilage and bone. In the case of plantar fasciitis, improvements may be achieved within 3-6 ESWT treatments.

If this sounds like you, book an assessment today!

Our experienced team at Choice is ready to provide these treatments and more with:

  • Chiropractic
  • Physiotherapy
  • Osteopathy
  • Massage therapy
  • Naturopathic medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Low level laser therapy
  • Clinically Supervised exercise

References:

  1. Anderson, M. Plantar fasciitis. BMJ Best Practice. Nov 2019. https://bestpractice-bmj-com.ezproxy.cmcc.ca/topics/en-gb/487. Last accessed Aug 26, 2022.
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