Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis can both be very challenging to treat and frustrating for patients dealing with these conditions. Heel pain, or Plantar fasciitis, is often characterized by pain when you get out of bed or up from a seated position. In addition, one often experiences pain after walking or running that feels like a bruise on the bottom of the foot. Achilles tendonitis usually occurs with a change in exercise routines or activity level. Typically pain around the Achilles is from over use and can be associated with swelling and a catching sensation in the back of the leg. If swelling is occurring it is essential to get into your podiatrist immediately as you are at an increased risk for rupture of your Achilles tendon.
Both the Plantar fascia and Achilles tendon can become chronic pathologies as both anatomical structures lack a good blood supply. We know that for certain types of painful conditions like these that require adequate blood supply in order to heal and prevent these acute conditions from becoming chronic. Shockwave is an FDA approved procedure that is done in the office and takes approximately 20 minutes. It is usually done in 3-5 sessions and has a success rate approaching 90%. The premise of shockwave therapy is the device generates acoustic sounds waves, that are pain free, to break up inflammation and promote increased blood supply. This is especially helpful in both of these ailments and is a great alternative to surgery. Our clinic has a shockwave system on site and we have seen years of successful implementation. If you are experiencing heel or Achilles pain, even if you have tried other therapies, shockwave will help you get back on your feet.
If you are experiencing any heel pain, do not hesitate to call us at 425-880-9552 or contact us online.