What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes inflammation of the tissues that run along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel to the toes. The plantar fascia is designed to absorb increased pressure on the bottom of the foot. Increasing pressure on the bottom of the foot over time and with too much intensity can lead to tears or tissue damage. This damage can increase inflammation of the foot, which can lead to tissue stiffness and/or heel pain.
Symptoms and risk factors of plantar fasciitis
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include tingling pain in the heel, which is worse in the morning or after prolonged rest, or after exercise.
The following factors may increase the likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis, although they are not the only risk factors
- People who work on their feet all day
- Age between 40 and 60 years
- Having flat feet, high arches, or an abnormal gait
- Carrying several kilos of weight
If you have just increased your normal level of activity or tried a new form of exercise, you may also experience some pain.
Treatment of plantar fasciitis
Treatment for plantar fasciitis includes ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and proper footwear with custom-made orthotic shoes in the short term; however, exercise and shockwave therapy have been shown to be an effective treatment in the long term.
As a non-invasive treatment that complements physical therapy protocols, shockwave therapy is an excellent option for treating plantar fasciitis. It can be effective for a variety of injuries, both chronic and acute.
Shockwave therapy is also effective in treating other common conditions such as Achilles tendinopathy and lateral condylitis.