Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is caused by inflammation or degeneration in the tendon that connects the bottom of your foot to the heel bone.
It is common for the pain to be worst when you first step down on it in the morning, then can ease up as you move around and the fascia stretches out, only to become bad again as you are on your feet for longer periods of time.
It tends to be more common in runners, those who are overweight, wear crappy shoes, and more common in those between 40 – 60 years old.
The exact cause of plantar fasciitis isn’t clear, but wear and tear seems to be a common theme.
Treatment options usually start with rest and icing the heel along with stretching and using night splints.
NSAIDs are commonly given to help with the pain and inflammation. If this resolves the issue – fantastic.
If your pain is not getting better with the above – the next step is to look for some help. This can be massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic, orthotics, injections, or even surgery.
One of the best conservative treatment options is Shockwave therapy.
An easy way to explain shockwave therapy is there is a bullet/projectile going back and forth in a tube, hitting an impact plate at the end. This creates an acoustic shockwave through the tissue that breaks up scar tissue/adhesions, stimulating regeneration and healing of the tissue. It stimulates blood vessel formation, decreases inflammation, and increases collagen production.
In short …. It decreases pain and stimulates tissue healing.
Most people only need between 3-6 treatments to resolve the issue.
For more info on shock wave or other treatments available – check our site at: https://yycsportandspine.com or give us a call at 403-481-0481.