Non-Invasive Shockwave Technology for Heel Pain
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive option for pain relief from heel pain that is particularly associated with plantar fasciitis. Originally developed to dissolve kidney stones, this procedure involves shockwaves, or sound waves, being directed from outside the body and can be directed onto the heel of the foot. Sending shockwaves into a patient’s foot is intended to stimulate the speed up of the body’s own healing process. ESWT is also capable of over-stimulating nerves, reducing sensitivity and pain in the foot.
If you have any issues about wherever and how to use shockwave treatment, you can get in touch with us at our own internet site. ESTW is a 20 minute procedure, during which thousands of shock waves are sent into the heel of the foot. After the procedure is over, the patient is free to go home.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. In this condition, the fascia first becomes irritated and then inflamed, resulting in heel pain. The most common cause of this condition relates to faulty structure of the foot. It could also be caused by excessive weight bearing physical activities and/or starting new exercise regimens. Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces can also be a cause. This is particularly evident when one’s job requires long hours on the feet. Obesity may also contribute to this condition.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Pain on the bottom of the heel and arch
Pain that is usually worse upon arising
Pain that increases over a period of months
A podiatrist will review your medical history and examine your foot to rule out any possible causes for your heel pain other than plantar fasciitis. In addition, diagnostic imaging studies such as x-rays or other imaging modalities may be used to distinguish the different types of heel pain. Non-Surgical Treatment
Treatment of heel pain begins with first-line strategies, which you can begin at home. These include stretching exercises, avoiding walking barefoot, ice application, limiting activities, shoe modifications or medications. If these measures do not alleviate the heel pain after several weeks, one or more of the following treatment approaches may be added: padding and strapping of the foot, orthotic devices, injection therapy, walking casts, night splints or physical therapy.
No matter what kind of treatment you undergo for plantar fasciitis, the underlying causes that led to this condition may remain. Therefore, you will need to continue with preventive measures. Wearing supportive shoes, stretching, and using custom orthotic devices are the mainstay of long-term treatment for plantar fasciitis.