Discomfort, aches, pains and not being able to enjoy life to the fullest is a real pain – quite literally.
Millions of people suffer from heel pain. If you are one of them, you know what it means. Chronic pain often becomes unbearable and affects the performance of body and mind, reducing your quality of life.
What Is Heel Pain?
- Heel pain is a “catch-all term” for any condition that can occur around the heel. The most common of these conditions is known as PLANTAR FASCIOSIS. The plantar fascia (PF) is a strong ligament that is located along the undersurface of the foot, extending from the base of the toes to the heel bone.
- When the PF is strained due to overuse, improper shoes, or abnormal foot structure, it can initially become irritated and painful. As we get older, tissues become less flexible and the PF can become strained from simply walking a full day with non-supporting shoes.
- Plantar fasciosis is diagnosed with the classic symptoms of pain localised over the heel area of the bottom of the foot. Often the pain from plantar fasciosis is most severe when you stand on your feet in the morning. At that time, the arch tissue is tight and simple movements stretch the contracted tissue. As you begin to loosen the foot, the pain usually subsides, but often returns with prolonged standing or walking.
Who Gets Heel Pain?
- Plantar fasciosis is most often seen in middle-aged men and women, but can be found in all age groups. The condition can be seen in people with all foot arch types.
- Plantar fasciosis is sometimes, but not always, associated with overweight people and seen in recreational athletes, especially runners. In these athletes, it is thought that the repetitive nature of the sport causes damage to the tissue at the attachment of to the PF to the heel.
How Do We Treat Heel Pain?
EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCK WAVE THERAPY is a common treatment for Heel Pain. Radial shockwaves are high-energy acoustic waves. They are transmitted through the surface of the skin and spread radially (spherically) into the body. The body, responds with increased metabolic activity around the site of the pain. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process.
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