Although it’s one of the most common foot ailments, it remains a nameless malady to many of its victims. Nevertheless, they are reminded of its existence every day, as their heels start hurting the moment that they step out of bed. This affliction, plantar fasciitis, arises when the plantar fascia, a ligament-like band that runs from the heel, to the ball of the foot, becomes strained, and begins to swell or fray. Often called a heel spur, it can be brought on by many things, including vigorous physical activity, weight gain, ill-fitting shoes, and excessive standing or walking.
We have several ways of treating this condition, including Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT). In this easy, half-hour procedure, a series of focused shock waves is delivered to the heel, triggering the formation of blood vessels that will carry nutrients to the affected area, thus stimulating the repair process.
So, if your heel pain gives you a stronger jolt than your morning coffee, and has you walking on egg shells as you make your way to the kitchen for breakfast, don’t despair. Come pay us a visit, and we’ll stop it in your tracks.