Plantar fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects the layer of tough tissue at the bottom of your feet called the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is an important tissue which helps us maintain the shape of our feet arches and to absorb force when we weight bear. Under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot. If tension on that bowstring becomes too great, it can create small tears in the fascia. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed. Inflammation of the plantar fascia causes a pulling on where it attaches on our heel. This is what we call plantar fasciitis.
- Discomforts in the high arches or flat feet
- Tenderness in the heel or even in the entire foot
- Mild redness or swelling in your foot
- Tightness or stiffness of the arch areas of your foot
- Feeling pain after sitting or standing for some time
- Pain with walking, standing and whilst negotiating stairs
- Pain with running (specially on uneven surfaces)
- Tightness in calf muscles
Causes and risk factors
Some of the main risk factors for plantar fasciitis are age, obesity, faulty foot mechanics and occupations that keep you on your feet. People who suffer from plantar fasciitis are usually 40-60 year of age. Obesity and being on your feet for long periods also result in more force to go through the plantar fascia as we walk, hence increasing the risk of plantar fasciitis. Flat footedness and high arches are also main causes of plantar fasciitis.
What are the treatments?
There are a lot of treatments that are available for plantar fasciitis, namely surgical treatment, steroidal injection, or physiotherapy. If you are looking for non-invasive treatment, then physiotherapy is your answer. Traditionally,exercise has been the best option when you do physiotherapy. Reducing calves tightness and increasing the strength in your inner foot muscles will help manage the condition.
However, recent research has indicated that shockwave therapy is very effective for management of plantar fasciitis. It helps to break scar tissue at the heel and reduce inflammation, thereby reducing the pain. Furthermore, it has been shown that shockwave therapy is more effective when combined with exercise!
Shockwave Therapy uses powerful acoustic energy to stimulate deep tissue repair. It is applied directly to the site of injury through the client’s skin via a gel medium, creating a series of intense physical energy waves. This acoustic energy wave stimulates a healing process and breaks down dysfunctional tissue.
If you suffer from difficult pain, aches or stiffness, simply call, SMS or WhatsApp 9337 6918 to find out how Shockwave Therapy can help you feel better.