Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition that is caused by inflammation of the connective tissue that spans the bottom of your foot from your heel bone to the balls of your feet. The fascia is maximally stretched when your foot is on the ground and bearing your full body weight such as when you are transferring weight from one leg to another while walking. If the plantar fascia is overloaded or strained excessively it can tear and then an inflammatory response is set off. Risk factors for developing plantar fasciitis include flat feet, high arches, a sudden increase in weight-bearing activities, improper footwear, weight gain as well as improper training strategies.
Unfortunately this condition is very common and the pain can make it very debilitating. The good news is that plantar fasciitis can be treated very easily and effectively using conservative measures including extracorporeal shockwave therapy, hands on techniques, prescriptive exercises, therapeutic taping and footwear modification.
As a physiotherapist at Rebalance, I have had amazing success treating plantar fasciitis among other stubborn conditions using shockwave therapy. Before having access to a shockwave machine, I would treat this condition with a variety of hands on techniques, exercise, ultrasound, taping and acupuncture. Although this was an effective approach, it would take many months to achieve full resolution of symptoms. With the use of shockwave in my practice, I have been able to get patients better within 3 to 5 visits. There is very good scientific evidence to support the use of shockwave for plantar fasciitis as well. It is safe, cost effective and the results are excellent.
On your initial visit at Rebalance, our physiotherapists will assess the movement in your lower extremity to determine the root cause of your plantar fasciitis. Once the underlying cause is determined your physio will develop a treatment plan that will get you back on you feet as quickly as possible. Ask your therapist if they think shockwave will benefit you. Shockwave therapy is provided by our highly trained physiotherapists and is covered by most extended healthcare plans. Contact us for more information or to book your appointment today!