Radial Shockwave Therapy as a Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia. This strong, thick tissue runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. Usually caused by a repetitive strain injury incurred during sports or from wearing unsupportive shoes, it can take significant time to heal. There are several approaches for treating the condition available through providers of sports physiotherapy. Edmonton patients can turn to Global Physiotherapy to seek a proper recovery from plantar fasciitis with the following solution.  

What Is Radial Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis? 

An emerging treatment option for plantar fasciitis is radial shockwave therapy. This therapy involves using either pressurized air or electromagnetic pulses to direct shock waves into the affected area. The shock waves can be either high-energy or low-energy. Low-energy shockwaves are less intense and can be given over multiple treatments for best results. High-energy shock waves may cause temporary discomfort, but do not require repeat treatments. Anesthetic may be used during high-energy treatments to maintain patient comfort levels. 

How Does Radial Shockwave Therapy Help?

In response to these shockwaves, the body increases blood flow to the area, reducing inflammation, stimulating healing collagen, and breaking down harmful calcium build-up. For these reasons, it has also been found to benefit those suffering from tennis elbow and calcific tendonitis. 

The treatment’s power lies in the shockwaves, which create microtraumas that the body rushes to repair. With small injuries occurring over an old injury that is not healing well, the healing process is renewed and encouraged to continue. Radial shockwave therapy is a non-invasive and uncomplicated treatment option that can provide effective results. 

Are There Any Downsides To Shockwave Therapy?

As with any therapy, it’s important to consider all aspects of treatment before pursuing shockwave therapy. For instance, there are some studies that indicate it is as beneficial as traditional therapeutic treatments for plantar fasciitis. However, these studies are still ongoing. Moreover, many patients are drawn to the shorter time investment required for shockwave therapy as well as the potential for an expedited return to normal activities and sports. 

If you are suffering from pain due to plantar fasciitis and wish to discuss possible treatment options, contact the professionals at Global Physiotherapy today on 780-467-9098.