Plantar fasciitis is a very painful condition where your heel may hurt, feel hot or swell. The pain is a result of inflammation or microscopic tears of the plantar fascia. The fascia is a thin layer of tough tissue supporting the arch of the foot. Sometimes people refer to plantar fasciitis as “heel spurs,” but this is not generally accurate, since the heel spurs are a result of plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs are a calcification which forms due to the damage to the fascia.
Often when you have plantar fasciitis, the pain is at its most intense when you first get out of bed. Sometimes it is noticeable at the beginning of an activity and then gets better as the body warms up. Prolonged standing may cause pain, as well.
Severe plantar fasciitis pain can cause loss of time from work and may lead to partial or total disability. Common surgical procedures used for the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis may also lead to permanent disability, so avoid by all means until all else has failed. However now there is a treatment with a very high success rate the OrthoGold100 a FDA approved device proven to create repair and relieve pain without the need for surgery. The effects of EASWT are best documented in areas of changes in tissue density, such as those where a tendon attaches to a bone (enthesiopathies) and where a bone attaches to a ligament (desmopathies). For this reason, it is very effective for painful connective tissue in the heels. Additionally, ESWT gives new hope by relieving pain, eliminating the risk factors associated with surgery and allowing people to resume their normal lives. In most cases a total of 3 treatments will provide a significant reduction of pain and have you back to moving around with a lot less pain within 10-14 days, however we are not suggesting you go run a marathon or go rock climbing just yet. The protocol for this injury does require at least 3 treatments. The first followed up by the second treatment 7-10 days after, after the second treatment most patients begin to feel their mobility back and are able to start moving around with significantly reduced uncomfort. However we strongly encourage not to over do it and let the body continue to heal. Th third treatment is 2 weeks after the second, after this treatment your body will continue to heal for 6 and some people up to 12 weeks after this treatment. This is when you will start to really notice 3-5 days after that your strength, mobility and a sense of peace knowing your injury is becoming a thing of your past. We still encourage you even after your third treatment still allow a few weeks for your body to completely heal. In rare cases a fourth treatment maybe needed, if so this will not be performed until at least 4 weeks after your third treatment. When this is needed it's usually because you may have one or two nagging points of pain, we then proceed with this treatment and then evaluate your condition 30-60 days after.
YOU MAY HAVE PLANTAR FASCIITIS IF YOU EXPERIENCE:
Foot pain that is very intense in the morning
Foot pain that gets sore after sitting
Foot pain that keeps you from doing the things you love
Burning in the sole of the foot near the heel
Tired, achy feet
Heel pain after starting a new running, walking or exercise routine
Pain when you press the site where the fascia meets the heel bone