Think about how much time you spend on your feet every day. Whether it's waiting for your Uber, shopping at the farmer's market, or jogging through the park, your feet take quite the beating. That's why taking care of them can greatly improve your quality of life.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes and supports your foot arch. When your plantar fascia becomes strained from the pressure of an uneven gait or high-impact exercise, it becomes inflamed, weakened, and eventually impedes your strut.
It used to be that your treatment choices for plantar fasciitis were limited to steroid injections, physical therapy, orthotics, foot casts, or invasive surgery. Now, there's a less risky and less time-consuming option.
Our plantar fasciitis specialists have been studying and refining Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for years. They can gently apply shockwaves—acoustic waves that carry high-energy ultrasounds—to your painful heels to regenerate your damaged tissues.
Non-invasive Shockwave Therapy for plantar fasciitis leads to faster long-term tissue healing and regeneration. Your first treatment with our FDA cleared soundwave device can mark the beginning of your journey to reclaim mobility and a pain-free stride.
Shockwave Therapy induces microtrauma in your tissues, which triggers a healing response. This healing response stimulates new blood vessels to form, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heel.
Shockwave Therapy also stimulates mast cells, which:
Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of this therapy. In one randomized study patients who received Shockwave Therapy for 12 weeks reduced the thickness of their plantar fascia, while the plantar fascia thickness of patients in the sham therapy group slightly increased. Patients who received the shockwaves also reported significantly more pain reduction than those in the sham group.1
Your plantar fasciitis specialist will begin by applying gel to your heel to enable the acoustic waves more efficient access into your tissues. You may also be given regional or general anesthesia to prevent any pain during the treatment.
After the gel is applied, your specialist will administer the Shockwave Therapy device over your foot. You may feel some discomfort, especially if your plantar fasciitis is more severe, and if the waves enter your heel bone.
Pain relief from plantar fasciitis symptoms can be felt immediately after the treatment, though your foot may be sore for about two to four hours afterwards.
Shockwave Therapy is not for children under 18 years old, and may cause contraindications in patients taking anticoagulants or those with:
When your foot's plantar fascia ligament is throbbing, it can throw the spring out of your step. High-energy Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that can stimulate healing and reduce inflammation. If you're looking for an alternative to risky, expensive plantar fasciitis surgery, call Novus Anti-Aging Center at (310) 954-1450 or contact us here to meet one of our specialists today.
1. Vahdatpour, Babak et al. “Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy in Patients with Plantar Fasciitis. A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial with Ultrasonographic and Subjective Outcome Assessments.” Journal of Research in Medical Sciences : The Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences 17.9 (2012): 834–838. Print.