Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy: The Non-Invasive Remedy for Plantar Fasciitis You Haven't Tried

Plantar Fasciitis, Shoe inserts, issues, surgery

Do you suffer from plantar fasciitis? Then you've experienced stabbing pain in your feet, usually near your heel. Plantar fasciitis is typically worse in the morning and makes waking up miserable.

But there’s good news. Leading board-certified podiatrist Kerry Berg, DPM can ease your pain. How? With extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Here’s how this non-invasive procedure can help you get back on your feet.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The bottoms of your feet contain long bands of fibrous connective tissue. These bands are your plantar fascia and they connect your toe bones to your heel bones. Inflamed plantar fascia means you have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Which is a chronic ailment that causes foot pain near your heel. The pain can be moderate or severe. But it usually gets worse when you don't move for long periods of time. Which explains why you often feel stabbing pain the second you get out of bed in the morning.

There are many reasons you could develop plantar fasciitis.

Stretching exercises and wearing custom orthotic shoe inserts can help treat plantar fasciitis. So can nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and custom shoe modifications. But, these methods don’t work for everyone. That's where extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) can help. It's one of the most exciting and effective treatments for plantar fasciitis.

What is ESWT?

ESWT uses pressurized air technology to induce microtrauma within the inflamed plantar fascia. This little trauma causes blood vessels to form and deliver nutrients. Which stimulates the healing process and relieves pain.

The treatment is non-invasive and lasts less than 20 minutes. A technician will place a probe on your skin that helps conduct the shockwaves. You might hear some clicking sounds during the low-energy, shockwave therapy. But you'll be under a local anesthetic to make sure you feel no pain.

After therapy, you should limit physical activity for a week or two.

Is ESWT effective?

Studies show that ESWT has a success rate of 65% to 91%. Results last longer than corticosteroid shots. And the procedure takes less time than physical therapy. Plus, you won’t run the risks of surgery and post-surgical complications.

Don’t continue to suffer foot pain. Seek treatment as soon as possible! Book your evaluation at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates today. You can schedule through the online booking feature or call the clinic at 719-873-8973.

You Might Also Enjoy...

5 Tips for Runners to Prevent Black Toenails

Black toenail injuries are common among high-intensity runners, distance runners, or those who increase their mileage rapidly. Find out what causes “runner’s toe,” and learn simple strategies to help you overcome and avoid the problem.

Do All Bunions Require Surgery?

Most people with bunions find pain relief with conservative treatments. However, when conservative measures fail to relieve symptoms, surgery can be an effective option. Read on to learn more.

Shoe Hacks That Help Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which the plantar fascia is inflamed, and it can make even the smallest steps painful. Thankfully these five shoe hacks can alleviate some of the pain and inflammation.

Strategies for Strengthening Your Ankles

If you’ve sprained your ankle, you never want to do it again, but you probably will. Ankle sprains may occur because of an injury or because of congenitally weak ankles. To prevent your next sprain — or the first one — strengthen your ankles.

Diabetes and Your Feet

Having diabetes involves daily monitoring. But while you may know you need to monitor your blood glucose level, did you also know you need to examine your feet every day? Learn why foot care is so important when you have diabetes.