Most people can self-diagnose plantar fasciitis, it starts with pain in the heel and foot especially if you participate in high-impact activities like jogging, dancing, or basketball. Other risk factors include having low or high arches, and/or tight calf muscles. Every patient I see with plantar fasciitis has tight calf muscles.
It can often be treated with rest, anti-inflammatory medicine, and icing. I see a lot of stubborn cases. If you have had a steroid injection and it didn’t work keep reading. You may be ready for pulsed shockwave therapy. Here is my top 3 treatments for plantar fasciitis:
1. Dropped arches & Footwear
Plantar fasciitis is common in athletes, particularly in runners or people who recently increased there load i.e. weight lifting increases, increased walking distance, increased running distance, or just increased body weight from pregnancy. The message is check your shoes for good support, consider an insert, and possibly replace your footwear.
Remember I said every plantar fasciitis patient I’ve seen has short tight calf and leg muscles and tendons. This tightness changes the alignment of the foot and ankle, creating a negative chain reaction that can travel as far up as the lower back and even the neck. Come in so I can teach you how to properly stretch the calfs and strengthen your arches on the bottom of your feet.
2. Shockwave For Plantar Fasciitis
Shockwave is a pulse therapy device I use to send strong ultrasound like impulses into the fibrous tissue on the underside of the foot. It has a deep penetration sensation and shockwave therapy is fast becoming the non-invasive, non-drug technique of choice for heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.
Nothing, not even deep tissue massage is as helpful at loosening the tendons, ligaments, and fascia as the shockwave machines. I have 3 different machines because every patient is different.
People with chronic plantar fasciitis need shockwave therapy to help break up the scar tissue caused by the acute inflammation. Shockwave therapy loosens up the fibrous tissue band, allowing it to return to its natural shape.
I’ll also teach you how to roll a lacrosse ball, tennis ball, or golf ball on the sole of your foot to help roll out the plantar fascia. You will probably learn the latest in correct posture training from my ELDOA therapist as well. I recommend the shockwave for plantar fasciitis at least once a week for 3 sessions and then we re-evaluate. Many patient’s feel relief for plantar fasciitis after the first session.
3. Other Helpful Treatment For The Foot
I have simple stretches, simple strength movements, and a simple flexibility maneuver that’s crucial to gaining back your foot health and relieve pain.
I could post pictures on the internet but my stretches and exercises go along with the shockwave therapy. That’s the recipe!
I may also recommend the VibraGenix plate, Phyto Zol serum, and sports taping on the foot or calf. Each case does need a proper evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Please feel free to call my office at 310-444-9393