Most people don’t know what plantar fasciitis is. Until they face it. Which occurs pretty frequently, because it is one of the most common causes of heel pain.
The plantar fascia is the thick band ligament that connects the heel and toes. We need it to absorb the high stress we put on our feet when walking, standing, or exercising. Excessive running, jumping injury, inappropriate footwear, obesity, structural foot issues like high arches - these are one of the conditions that may lead to inflammation of that ligament. It can be very painful and not always a conservative approach, like stretching exercises or icing, can help relieve plantar fasciitis.
There are several ways to handle this medical issue. One of them is relatively new and called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT). It is a non-invasive technique that uses acoustic waves to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. The hand-held device placed on the skin directs shock waves to the damaged tissue, improving blood circulation and collagen production. This technique is proven to be especially effective in treating chronic problems, and not just plantar fasciitis and heel pain. Patients with Achilles tendinopathy – swelling and stiffness of the Achilles tendon – are also frequently recommended to try this therapy.
ESWT is a safe and low-risk treatment. Although, before going under the ESWT, you need to consult with your doctor because there are some conditions, such as neuropathy, when shock wave therapy is not recommended.
DeLoor Podiatry provides Shock Wave Therapy in every office in Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey. Call us and our doctors will carefully answer your questions, address your concerns, and will recommend an optimal treatment plan. Let us take care of your feet. And if your heel aches - we will help it to heal.