Plantar Fasciitis is a painful heel condition, there are a number of other conditions that can cause heel pain and correct diagnosis is needed before a treatment plan can be decided.
Here I use a combination of shockwave therapy (ESWT) with low level laser (LLLT) and orthotics if needed.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
A probe is pressed on to the affected area and the shockwaves are delivered through the skin. The impulses are delivered through the skin as a shockwave that spreads inside the injured tissue as an aspherical ‘radial' wave. These radial shockwaves initiate an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue that is being treated, and prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism in the injured tissue.
The shockwaves are felt as pulses which are a little uncomfortable but not painful. Typically your first treatment will start with a low level of intensity. The procedure does not require any type of sedation or anaesthetic.
Shock-wave therapy treatments are usually performed at weekly intervals and most people require 3 to 6 treatment sessions.
What is Low Level Laser Therapy?
Low Level Laser therapy is also known as PhotoBioModulation (PBM).
The therapeutic effects of PBM treatment were discovered by Endre Mester, a professor of surgery, who observed improved healing in tissue adjacent to his laser surgery but where only a low laser dose was received. His subsequent work provided the initial volume of evidence for the efficacy of laser in healing.
Research has since shown the therapy to be dose dependent with effects which are bi-phasic in response but delivering appropriately low levels of light energy remains fundamental to achieving the desired biochemical effects. Low Level Laser Therapy equipment delivers the range of required light energy density with negligible thermal effect thus avoiding tissue damage through heat from excess power.
Here I use the Omega XP Laser system for further details follow this link Omega laser website