Feb 2017 - Today, want to discuss one of the more common conditions we encounter in our daily practice at PhysioFit. Plantar fasciitis is one the most common orthopedic conditions affecting Canadians. It occurs when the fibrous tissue connecting the heel of the foot to the base of the toes becomes inflamed. This condition often occurs after a sudden change in activity patterns, excessive standing and/or walking with unsupportive footwear. Typical symptoms include pain in the heel or arch of the foot first thing in the morning when stepping out of bed or after sitting for a prolonged period. It is commonly treated with a combination of rest, icing, stretching and the use of custom made orthotics. Results from these treatments can often be unpredictable and heeling times can vary from anywhere between 3 to 6 months. In a significant proportion of people, however the condition becomes chronic due to the failure of conservative therapies.
A relatively new break through treatment called shockwave therapy has proven to be a front line treatment for plantar fasciitis. A meta analysis of randomized control trials conducted in 2013 found shockwave therapy to be:
- an effective and safe treatment for plantar fasciitis
- decrease in reported pain scores 12 weeks after treatment and lasting up to at least 12 months post treatment
You can find a link to the article here
How it works?
At Physiofit we use the Storz MP100 device . Treatment through this device is delivered in shockwaves, which are essentially high energy sound waves. These shockwaves work by activating the bodies self healing powers, which may have otherwise become dormant in a chronic injury. More specifically the shockwaves increase blood flow and metabolic rate in the injured tissue, which leads to gradual tissue regeneration and healing.