Plantar Fasciitis and Shockwave Therapy

What is Pantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, resulting from inflammation and damage to the tough fibrous tissue which forms the arch of the foot. Patients may describe the sensation as a sharp or deep ache in the middle of the heel or along the arch that typically occurs during walking or standing. Often, pain occurs early in the morning when patients are taking their first few steps out of bed. As the foot naturally tightens at night, the fascia may gain new tears in the morning, initiating a painful cycle.

Improper footwear, strenuous activity, and obesity can bring on plantar fasciitis. Flat feet, high arches and poor shock absorption in shoes can also put excessive stress on the foot’s soft tissues. Plantar fasciitis is commonly seen in middle-aged patients.

Most patients with plantar fasciitis are effectively treated with some simple measures. Common treatments include anti-inflammatory medications, ice applications, shoe inserts, stretching and exercises. Surgical intervention has been the last resort for patients when other treatments of plantar fasciitis do not work. The problem is that the success rate of surgery is not high, and surgery has potentially complicating side-effects.


LATEST DEVELOPMENT: Shock wave therapy (SWT) has emerged as a possible treatment option for patients with chronic plantar fasciitis. SWT delivers focused shock waves to the body. Shock wave therapy is thought to work by inducing microtrauma to the tissue that is affected by plantar fasciitis. This microtrauma initiates a healing response by the body. This healing response causes blood vessel formation and increased delivery of nutrients to the affected area. The microtrauma is thought to stimulate a repair process and relieve the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Learn more here:

Plantar Fasciits Shockwave treatment

CLINICAL SUCCESS RATE: 90% improvement published in the Journal of Orthopedics Research 2005

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