Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes chronic, stinging pain in the heel. Because it is such a common condition, today Dr. Amanda Bartell and Dr. Andrew Bartell of North Florida Foot & Ankle Center are sharing some exciting news regarding treatment using Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT).
Causes and Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis typically develops when the plantar fascia (connective tissue) along the underside of the foot, becomes injured or swollen. It is most commonly found in people who take part in activities that include recurrent impact on the feet.
It can most often be treated with therapies that do not require surgery. Some more serious cases, however, may require additional treatment. Because surgical options can be invasive, many podiatrists are turning to alternative therapies.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) for Treating of Plantar Fasciitis
This type of therapy is meant to treat conditions such as tennis elbow, pain in the shoulders and other issues. It uses high-intensity soundwaves that are trained on the affected tissues with pinpoint precision. (Watch the video.)
What are the Benefits of ESWT?
ESWT is typically recommended for patients who are suffering from heel pain and other related problems. Heel pain is common and can be the result of obesity, spending a lot of time on hard floors when feet are unsupported, and overexertion.
Quick and Simple: It is a straightforward process that leaves patients feeling better, often as soon as the following day. Because the treatment boosts the blood flow to the affected areas, by focusing on the source of the problem, it allows treatment to last for an extended period of time.
Treatment and Recovery: With ESWT, your feet will recover quickly. It is very cost-effective, safe, and does not require the use of surgery or even anesthesia.
If you have any questions regarding ESWT for the treatment of plantar fasciitis or want to know if you are a candidate, contact the office of Dr. Amanda Bartell and Dr. Andrew Bartell of North Florida Foot & Ankle Center located in Jacksonville, FL today. You can call us at (904) 236-5023 or contact us online.