Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain
Plantar fasciopathy (PF) is an acute or chronic, painful disorder of the plantar fascia that spans between the heel and toes.
It is the most common cause of heel pain and accounts for approximately 11-15% of foot symptoms presenting to a Podiatrist. The main clinical symptom is heel pain, particularly in the morning or after a period of rest. Often patients report improvement of pain after walking. Pain is usually located at the origin of the plantar fascia, i.e., at the medial calcaneal tubercle.
At Head2toepractice we do a thorough assessment to rule out issues with gait and biomechanics faults. Most cases of plantar fasciitis originate from over use, either by a sudden increase in activity and being poorly conditioned for it, or footwear issues causing excessive strain on the foot.
The results of your assessment determines how we treat. One of the most effective ways to treat heel pain is by using shockwave therapy (read our shockwave therapy section for more information). The latest research shows an 80% resolution rate within 3 months and a more effective treatment than steroid injections. With minimal side effects it is the treatment of choice!
Most cases require 3-4 treatments and these must be carried out within 7-10 days of each other. You will be given an exercise program that will be monitored via our app, simple video demonstrations are provided. If you cannot commit to this then shockwave therapy and proven results are not for you.
We use an EMS Master shockwave machine, the gold standard of shockwave machines and the same one which most of the research was carried out on. Be careful of alternative shockwave therapies which are untested. Always ask for the research! Click here to find out more information on our machine.