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Foot Pain and Plantar Fascitis

Woman with foot pain

What is Plantar Fascitis?

It’s inflammation of the tissues that run along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the forefoot. These tissues help to maintain structure and integrity of the arch of your foot.

This inflammation can be caused by tiny microtears in the fibers of the tissue (the plantar fascia), but can also affect the nerves. This inflammation then causes pain and soreness in the bottom of the foot, as well as heel pain. If left untreated, many times a heel spur can occur as a result of the continuous strain on the heel.

Often, a patient will say they notice their foot pain in the mornings upon standing when getting out of bed. Pain may also be present other times of the day or when walking.

There are different treatments for Plantar Fasciitis that we use, such as ice, stretches, ultrasound therapy, Chiropractic adjustments to the foot, and support for the arches, but we have a new therapy that is providing great results! This therapy is called Shockwave or EPAT (Extracoporeal Pulse Activated Therapy).

Shockwave or ESWT (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy) uses high energy acoustic waves to accelerate healing. And don’t worry, it does NOT shock you!

It heals by stimulating metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissues. It stimulates your body’s natural healing agents: red blood cells and new vascularization, growth factors, and mobilizes stem cells!! How cool is that!?

Shockwave is also non-invasive. So, it does not require needles or anesthesia. In fact, the procedure itself has an analgesic effect. So it can help with the pain while the healing takes place. There is also no scarring, no risk of infection, and no side effects! You can continue your normal daily activities after treatment, so no down time, and a treatment with Shockwave therapy takes only about 10 minutes.

Plantar Fasciitis is treatable and Shockwave not only gives relief from the pain, but also allows the body to generate new healthy tissue. So, a normal, pain free life is possible!

Kate Gress, DC, FICPA

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