Treatable Conditions

Plantar Fasciitis


About 90 percent of people will recover from plantar fasciitis within a few months following conservative treatment.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common explanations of heel pain. It is caused by inflammation to the thick band that connects the toes to the heel bone, called the plantar fascia, which runs across the bottom of your foot. The condition is most commonly seen in runners, pregnant women, overweight people, and individuals who wear inadequately supporting shoes. Plantar fasciitis typically affects people between the ages of 40 and 70.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes a stabbing pain in the heel of the foot, which is worse during the first few steps of the day after awakening. As you continue to walk on the affected foot, the pain gradually lessens. Usually, only one foot is affected, but it can occur in both feet simultaneously.
To diagnose plantar fasciitis, Dr. Nischuk will physically examine your foot by testing your reflexes, balance, coordination, muscle strength, and muscle tone. Your doctor may also advise an X-ray to rule out other others sources of your pain, such as a pinched nerve, stress fracture, or bone spur.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis includes medication, physical therapy, shock wave therapy, or surgery.
Stretching your plantar fasciitis is something you can do at home to relieve pain and speed healing. Ice massage therapylink this to ice massage info under hydrotherapy, available here at the Better Living Centre, can also be performed at home three to four times per day in 15 to 20 minute intervals.This helps to reduce inflammation and pain. Placing arch supports in your shoes, also sold at the Better Living Centre, absorb shock and takes pressure off the plantar fascia.

Other Treatable Conditions

Below are some of the other conditions that have been successfully treated with Shockwave therapy:

  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Jumper’s Knee
  • Stress Fractures
  • Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Bursitis Trigger Point Therapy
  • Morton’s Neuroma (pain in toe knuckle joint)
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