What Is Best Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis?
The Plantar Fasciitis Treatment You Haven't Tried Yet (But Should)
Acoustic Wave Therapy –
Plantar Fasciitis is an excruciating condition that can seriously impede your ability to run, jog, workout, cycle – and makes just about any other activity in which you rely on your footing exceptionally difficult. Suffers have limited treatment options and are genuinely desperate for help, thanks to most Doctor’s “Leave it until it gets better” attitude to treatment.
Those who suffer from this condition will try almost anything to ease the pain – particularly when it is in the later stages and has been ongoing for a prolonged period. Relapses into this condition are also possible, so once it has gone the sufferer will go to extreme lengths to avoid injury again. Worse, Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by something as simple as a change of job or an increase in walking activity, and therefore often strikes when you are at your most desperate to lose weight or bulk up.
At Men’s Performance Clinic, in order to fight back against this near-crippling condition, we have applied our signature Acoustic Wave Therapy to this particular problem…and the results are so pronounced that it may be just the treatment for plantar fasciitis that you have been looking for…
What Exactly Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Faciitis treatment begins with understanding your condition. So let’s take a more in-depth look at why you are in so much pain. This condition is actually named after the connective tissue that has been injured. This tissue is known as the Plantar Fascia, or the aponeurosis. This tissue starts at the base of your big toe, runs underneath your foot (where it is the main component of the arch), wraps around the heel and runs up to join the back of your knee.
According to E Medicine, Plantar faciitis has many names, including jogger’s heel, policeman’s heel, tennis heel and gonorrheal heal, as well as the term ‘heel spurs’ (which is actually a different condition altogether, but not all people are Doctors). They also estimate that around 10% of Americans have it… which means that there is a 10% chance you will seek plantar fasciitis treatment at some point in your life. It also means that at least one of every ten of your friends already suffers from it.
Although the Plantar Fascia is a band of connective tissue it does contain nerves, as well as wrapping itself around your bones, muscles and joints throughout the foot area. The condition is caused when the muscle starts to ‘degenerate’, for whatever reason this may be. You may have injured it in a workout, you may have twisted your ankle one to many times, you may have put on a little weight recently – or you may just have bad luck. Medicine Net says that ‘micro tears’ in the Plantar Fascia are responsible for the injury, but this includes everything from stepping on a Lego to landing on your heel too hard.
Plantar Fasciitis generally manifests as heel pain. However, the longer you stand on it the worse it will be. The pain can travel all the way up to the knee and can affect the hips as your body tries to correct itself. On the worst days you may find it easier to stay seated and you may even find yourself resorting to the use of a walking stick. That being said the pain does vary depending on the degree of injury.
Perhaps worst out of all of this is that people have been known to suffer chronically from this condition, meaning that it returns again and again. Each bout has the potential to last for years at a time. Seeking the best treatment for plantar fasciitis becomes an obsession for many sufferers.
What Plantars Fasciitis Treatment Options Are There?
The treatment options available to you are few and limited. The traditional method of treating it is “To manage the Patient’s expectations” rather than to do anything about it.
The first step will be to prescribe pain medication, but since this is a problem of the connective tissues rather than the muscles or the bones, the painkillers will do little except make you sleepy enough to forget about it for a while. The Doctor will commonly refer you to a podiatrist next. They will work through a series of exercises that can be done to improve the condition of the damaged muscle, this in itself is fairly ironic since your Doctor’s initial advice will be to rest the area and stay off your feet. You can read about the medical establishment’s sound justifications for this by visiting the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, here.
There is a possibility you will be referred to a physiotherapist who will continue these exercises with you. Treatment will be ongoing for a number of months before you start to feel the benefit and the exercises will be painful until then. Advice at this stage (and at any stage to help with pain relief) is to apply heat or ice to the heel, although your GP might also tell you that rolling a tennis ball underfoot will relieve some of the pain.
Once you have gone through all of these options and you are still in pain, the Doctors will next suggest steroid injections. These are applied directly to the affected area. The shots can be intensely painful and can provide temporary pain relief. Steroid injections are not a long term solution and you can find yourself back at the option of surgery again in a few months’ time. You can read about steroid injections courtesy of the US National Library for Medicine.
At this point the podiatrist will refer you to the Orthotics department. They will fit your foot/feet with an insert which is placed inside the shoe. This insert will be too big for all but one pair of your shoes. You cannot wear hiking boots 365 days of the year. After you try the insert you will return to the Doctor for more painkillers and he or she will suggest you go for surgery.
Surgery is known as Plantar Fascia release and will hurt. It has a fairly lengthy recovery time but it can solve the problem permanently. Your Doctor will rightly try every other option before they recommend you for surgery. Expect it to take at least two years.
Now we are going to tell you how to skip all of that time, effort and horrible pain, and go straight for the best plantar fasciitis treatment that you have probably never heard of before: Acoustic Wave Therapy for the Plantar Fascia.
Acoustic Wave Therapy: The Best Treatment for Plantar Fascitis
Here at Men’s Performance Clinic we have been using Acoustic Wave Therapy to treat Plantar Fasciitis and the pain it causes. It’s not uncommon for patients to report some relief of pain after the first treatment, and many have made notable improvements within a few short weeks. Usually patients continue to improve as much as three months after their last Acoustic Wave treatment. This safe and effective treatment can make a life-changing difference to any sufferer, whether you have chronic plantars fasciitis, are suffering from a relapse or have never had a treatment before.
We can’t promise that we can cure you overnight, but we can do it a heck of a lot quicker than the two years needed before you will be referred for surgery. Additionally, Acoustic Wave Therapy is non-intrusive, doesn’t require a recovery time and eases the pain effectively, unlike the NSAIDS or other painkillers you may be prescribed… it also won’t make you drowsy, which we count as a huge plus for anyone who still has to go about their day.
How Does Acoustic Wave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Work?
Sometimes called ‘Shockwave’ therapy (which is a little aggressive and misleading) our tailored Acoustic Wave Therapy stimulates the plantar fascia tissue by shooting high density pulses of sound into the area itself. In response the muscle will start to heal itself, repairing damage over time. It also soothes the whole area, penetrating deep into the fibers of the body to heal the wound. This treatment method has more traditionally been used to dissipate kidney stones, but has been found to cure up to 98% of patients within the first year.
To see what Acoustic Wave Therapy looks like in action you can visit Youtube, although this video from TV Terra Verde gives real life accounts of patients who suffer from the condition and who have used Acoustic Wave Therapy for plantar fascitis treatment and have been successful.
While there has been some doubt cast on the validity of this treatment option, we think this study from the US National Library of Medicine, which followed up with patients a full year after treatment and found large margins of relief in those with chronic conditions; to be most helpful. If you are looking for the best treatment for plantar fasciitis then Acoustic Wave Therapy could very well be it.
Is your Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Near Me?
Men’s Performance Clinic is based in Des Plaines, IL. However, you can follow this link to schedule a free consultation so we can get to the root of your problem, and relieve your pain. Call today, there is no need to endure the heel pain of Plantar Fasciitis for one moment longer than you have to… and if you don’t live in the Chicago area then we promise it will be worth the trip.