How Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Remedies Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Plantar fasciitis is characterized by sharp heel pain when you walk. It’s one of the most common causes of foot pain, and the pain that comes with plantar fasciitis has the power to limit your daily life.

 

If you have plantar fasciitis that isn’t getting better with conservative treatment, you don’t have to turn to surgery. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy may be the answer. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a noninvasive treatment that stimulates cell regeneration to promote healing and reduce pain. 

 

At Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute, we provide top-notch treatment for plantar fasciitis. David B. Glover, DPM, FACFAS, and our team are experts in treating this condition, and we can help you find a remedy for your heel pain.

Signs of plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It develops when the plantar fascia — the thick band of tissue along the bottom of your foot — gets inflamed. It can cause pain in the heel and along the bottom of your foot when you walk.

 

While anyone can get plantar fasciitis, certain lifestyle factors may put you at an increased risk of developing it. Avid runners, people who spend a lot of time standing, and people who are overweight are more likely to develop this common foot condition.

 

Heel pain with plantar fasciitis is often worse when taking your first steps after waking up in the morning. It can feel worse after periods of inactivity, and pain generally improves with activity.

Traditional treatments for plantar fasciitis

Many cases of plantar fasciitis can improve with conservative treatment. Dr. Glover may begin by recommending specialized stretches designed to stretch the plantar fascia and strengthen your lower leg muscles.

 

Oral medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can minimize pain and inflammation. Supportive shoes, custom orthotics, or night splints may also help relieve plantar fasciitis pain.

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy

Sometimes, plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to conservative treatments. At Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute, we offer extra corporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) as a treatment option for plantar fasciitis. 

 

The term extracorporeal means “outside the body.” This type of treatment is popular because it’s completely noninvasive. With ESWT, shockwaves are directed through your skin to your plantar fascia. After you get ESWT, your body begins growing new tissue cells. Over the following weeks and months, you should notice reduced pain as your tissue heals.

 

Extra corporeal shockwave sessions normally take less than 30 minutes. You may experience mild tingling or numbness, light bruising, or swelling following treatment.

 

Some patients report almost immediate pain relief following ESWT. Most people who get ESWT take a few days to rest following their procedure, but everyone is different. Follow Dr. Glover’s guidelines for your recovery.


You can find relief from your plantar fasciitis pain. To learn more about extra corporeal shockwave therapy and other treatments, book an appointment online or over the phone with Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute today.

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