Heel pain is often caused by a condition known as plantar fasciitis where a spur is present but it can also be caused by other factors such as nerve irritation, tendinitis, stress fracture and on rare occasions, a cyst. Plantar fasciitis is where the band of tissue (plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes first becomes irritated and then inflamed, which leads to heel pain. The most common cause is a fault in the structure of the foot as in the case of high arched feet or overly flat feet. In addition, long hours spent standing on hard flat surfaces without supportive footwear puts excessive stress on the plantar fascia and can cause the condition to develop. Obesity is another contributing factor to plantar fasciitis.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is an alternative non-surgical approach to pain relief that we regularly use to cure common foot problems such as heel pain, Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. It’s rapidly growing in popularity with over 90 percent of patients experiencing a reduction in their pain. Because it’s a non-invasive treatment which is performed outside of the body, it promotes a faster healing time and offers fewer possible side effects. Read on to find out more about the conditions we can treat with ESWT.
Our machines we use for these types of treatment.