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Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that is very common in our society. It can make something as basic as walking across the room, especially first thing in the morning, a challenge. If your work requires you to stand for long periods of time, you might find that your plantar fasciitis is interfering with your daily routine, too. Our downtown Calgary chiropractor offers some of the most cutting-edge treatments for this condition, including shockwave therapy to improve your flexibility and get you moving comfortably again.
The average adult takes thousands of steps a day. It comes naturally to us, but the mechanisms behind that movement are complex. The brunt of this effort comes from the connective tissue, muscles and bones of the foot, including the plantar fascia – a ligament that stretches from the heel to just below the toes. This ligament supports your foot as you go from heel to toe during a normal stride.
When you develop a stabbing pain along the sole of your foot, it might mean this ligament is inflamed. Think of the plantar fascia ligament as the string on a bow. When the string is too tight, the tension will eventually tear it, causing damage. Plantar fasciitis is a common injury for runners or dancers because they repeatedly stress this ligament.
With shockwave therapy, our chiropractor in downtown Calgary uses a series of high amplitude pulses of mechanical energy to stimulate healing of the plantar fascia ligament. The treatment triggers an inflammatory response that is like placing a flag on the injury, so your body will notice it. This promotes complete healing that will increase the flexibility of your foot.
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment and a practical choice for patients who have chronic pain that does not respond to more conservative treatment options. The therapy is mildly uncomfortable and can leave you with some bruising, but it is that mild injury that encourages the healing.
Your plantar fasciitis treatment in downtown Calgary will start with an examination of your foot to determine the cause of your pain and if shockwave therapy is the best treatment option for you. During your session, the staff will cover the bottom of your foot with a lubricant and the slide the therapy wand over the area. The pulses will be gentle at first and grow in intensity to keep you comfortable. The average session lasts only about 10 minutes. You may feel some mild tingling and numbness in the treated foot for the rest of the day. You should avoid exercise and try to let your foot rest while it heals.
If you are experiencing chronic foot pain, give us a call at (403) 243-0111 to make an appointment with our downtown Calgary chiropractor. With shockwave therapy and other treatment options, we can help you walk more comfortably.