Plantar Fascittis is an injury in the foot that also goes by the name of policeman’s heel. It is an injury in the foot caused by a rupture or stretching of someone’s Plantar Fascia. It’s believes that small repeated injuries over time could be a cause of this inflammation. Here at the Tunbridge Wells Chiropractic we are happy to provide the best treatment for Plantar Fascittis.
Main causes for Plantar Fasciitis.
- Having little or no cushioning in your shoes could be a cause for Plantar Fasciitis.
- A tight Achilles Tendon may be the culprit to affecting your ability to flex and bend your ankle and may cause Plantar Fasciitis over time.
- Being overweight will put higher stains on your ankles and feet. This can contribute to Plantar Fasciitis
- If you spend lots of time on your feet at the office or you’re participating in lots of walking or running that you are not used to, then this could be playing a part in the development of Plantar Fasciitis.
- People that are not active in their day to day lives are more prone to Plantar Fasciitis
- For runners and people that participate in races, you’re technique starting off the block could be contributing to streching the soles of your feet, leading to Plantar Fasciitis.
What is the treatment for Plantar Fasciitis?
Firstly you should receive Conservative Therapy. You should be seen by a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath or Podiatrist and they will then asses the issue and advise you on how to proceed. You may be advices to change your shoes or make changes to the pair you already wear, by adding a heel cushion. The heel cushion with help to relieve pressure from the affected area of the foot, reducing pain and discomfort. We recommend you try the first line treatment for at least 3 months before considering moving to an alternative treatment such as Shockwave Therapy or Steroid Injections.
Shockwave Therapy For Heel Pain.
We offer our patients a free consultation for Shockwave Therapy. This is to determine if the therapy is going to be beneficial for the patient. If we determine Shockwave Therapy to be necessary then we would arrange 3 – 4 sessions for the patient at weekly intervals. We have the latest, state of the art Stortz Shockwave Therapy machine at our clinic. A session of Shockwave Therapy typically lasts around 30 minutes and these sessions can include acupuncture and passive stretching techniques. Some patients experience a little discomfort during the Shockwave Therapy and there may be a little redness around the skin after treatment, this is a completely normal reaction to the treatment. IN some cases the patients pain may be greater for a short period before going away.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work For Heel Pain?
Shockwave Therapy is understood to work in 2 ways;
– Shockwaves cause micro damage to the tissue in affected areas and in doing so, stimulates healing.
- The treatment has an effect directly on the nerve endings which makes them less sensitive and thus less likely to transmit pain.
Shockwave Therapy’s main benefits aren’t experienced until the patient has had around 3 sessions of treatment and has a high 80% success rate. Shockwave Therapy is usually a permanent solution for patients and there will be no need for further treatment for the issue at hand.
(NICE) The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence have evaluated Shockwave Therapy in 2009 and came to the determination that the treatment is effective and should be offered to patients with heel pain. Read more about NICE here www.nice.org.uk.