How We Can Heal Your Heel Pain!
Do I have plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that affects the feet of millions of Americans annually. Plantar fasciitis causes severe heel pain in the foot in the first few steps in the morning. As a result, it feels like someone is stabbing the bottom of your heel. Seems like a bad way to start your day
How does plantar fasciitis occur?
Great question! The plantar fascia is a basically a thick rubber band at the bottom of the foot. Every step you take the rubber band (plantar fascia) is stretched and repeatedly snapped back to normal length to propel you forward throughout the day. The constant overload of the fascia can cause micro tears. Unfortunately, the plantar fascia itself is poorly vascularized and has a tough time shunting blood to these tears. This leads to a state of chronic inflammation and a sort of breakdown of the plantar fascia. This causes the body to want to tighten the tissue to protect it which leads to morning pain.
How do I get rid of plantar fasciitis?
Another great question! Currently, there is only one FDA approved treatment for plantar fasciitis. Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT), but commonly known as Shockwave. Shockwave is a non-invasive technique that sends pressure waves into the heel and plantar fascia. These pressure waves cause mild trauma to the tissues of the foot and stimulate the bodies repair cycle and enhance blood circulation. Remember, the plantar fascia causes pain because it does not get good blood flow. So, enhanced blood circulation equals healing!
What else can I do to help my plantar fasciitis?
In addition to utilizing shockwave treatment it is extremely important to be evaluated as to why your plantar fascia is being overloaded and getting these micro tears. Being taught a few exercises, stretches, and possibly changing your shoes can have huge benefit.
What else is shockwave good for?
The question should be what isn’t shockwave good for? Many studies are showing it’s efficacy for many other parts of the body, from shoulder, elbow, low back, and even neck! This is because once an injury enters the chronic phase (>6 months) the pain is often associated with poor blood supply to the tissue. This causes inflammatory markers in the body to stay in the injured area, causing pain, and further damage to the tissue. The pressure waves from shockwave has been shown to help flush out the area, allowing the healing process to begin.