Shockwave therapy for heel pain
Keeping you on your feet
Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
A new research driven approach for chronic heel pain available in Belfast
Plantar Fasciitis (PF) is the most common cause of heel pain it can be acute or chronic, disorder that spans between the medial heel and the forefoot.
It is the most common cause of plantar heel pain and accounts for approximately 11-15% of foot symptoms presenting to Podiatrists. 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 base of the heel.
PF is associated with degenerative changes in the fascia. The fascia becomes thicker, fills with scar tissue and becomes less functional. Many patients present with PF in both heels, we find that patients take the pressure of the painful heel and load the non painful side in early stages, eventually the non-painful side becomes painful due to the increased load.
What can Shockwave therapy do for my heel pain?
Shock Waves are movements of extremely high pressure caused by, for example, an explosion, an earthquake or a plane breaking the sound barrier.
It is clinically proven that pressure waves, when applied to injured tissues, stimulate metabolic reactions:
- Reduction of pain felt by nerve fibers
- Increase of blood circulation in surrounding soft tissues
- Breakdown of scar tissue
- Beginning of the healing process triggered by stem cells activation
How long does it take to work?
Once you are assessed and given the green light to have shockwave therapy you will require 4-6 sessions. Each session must be completed within 7-10 days of each other. The healing process can take 3 months, but pain reduction may be experienced after the 3rd session.
385 Lisburn Road, Belfast, Bt9 7ep