We have talked about shock wave therapy before and the many benefits of this treatment option. It can also be a safe and effective treatment for those suffering from plantar fasciitis.
Of course, whenever you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, you should always see our foot and ankle doctor in Scottsdale. A proper exam will give you a proper diagnosis so that we can tailor a treatment plan for you and your condition.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis happens to be a common condition that impacts the bottom of the foot and causes inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes.
Diagnosis is done during an exam and depends on the location of the pain and the level of tenderness. An MRI might be needed for some rare cases to confirm that plantar fasciitis is the reason for your foot pain.
Just like with most foot and ankle conditions, if not treated, inflammation can worsen, causing additional small tears in the fascia.
Who Is At Risk?
Some people are at higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Those who participate in activities putting stress on the heel, such as runners and ballet dancers. Also, wearing shoes with no support and standing or walking on hard surfaces for a long period of time can cause plantar fasciitis. People who are in their 40s to 60s and who are overweight are also at greater risk.
Symptoms Of Plantar Fasciitis
The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are pain at the bottom of the foot along with a stabbing sensation near the heel. Oftentimes, these symptoms worsen after walking a lot or in the morning.
The difficult thing about plantar fasciitis is that your foot usually doesn’t hurt while standing or during exercise. The pain is triggered by these activities and is often felt after exercising or standing for a long period of time.
Shock Wave Therapy Treatment
Shock wave therapy uses a set of pressure waves that enhances blood circulation while stimulating the metabolism and accelerating the healing process. The advanced technology helps regenerate any damaged tissue in just weeks.
While increasing the quality of life, this treatment option helps patients with pain and helps restore mobility, all without the risk of any infections. Making this treatment option much safer compared to traditional surgeries.
The FDA has cleared shock wave therapy as a safe and effective minimally invasive procedure. Patients will not need to undergo any downtime after the procedure, which is affordable and comes with fewer risks.
The team at the Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona can help you find relief from plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle conditions. Once you start feeling foot or ankle pain, you should schedule an appointment to receive a proper exam so that we can get you on the right treatment plan to get you back on your feet, pain-free!