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Plantar Fasciitis Coventry, Treatment Shockwave & Laser Therapy.

Mon 04 May 2015

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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment with Non-Invasive, Non-addictive and there is no need for anaesthesia or injections with Non-Surgical Solutions.

Plantar Fasciitis is common cause of heel pain in adults. A classic sign is pain that is particularly severe when the first steps are taken in the morning. Plantar Fasciitis is a self-limited condition, however many people can suffer with this problem for years. The symptoms usually resolve more quickly when the time between the onset of symptoms and the start of treatment is short. There are many treatment options including Shockwave and Cold/Low Level laser therapy rest stretching, strengthening, orthotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.

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Pain is usually caused by collagen degeneration at the origin of the plantar fascia at the medial tubercle of the calcaneus. The cause of the degeneration is repetitive micro tears of the plantar fascia that overbears the body’s ability to repair itself. Cold/Low Level Laser Therapy has become a major player in helping the body’s ability to repair itself quicker.

Although the classic sign of Plantar Fasciitis is early morning pain, not every patient will have these symptoms.  Symptoms vary from person to person, however the majority will notice pain at the beginning of activity which lessens as they warm up. Plantar Fasciitis pain may also occur with prolonged standing. In severe cases, the pain will increase towards the end of the day.

The Plantar Fascia is a thickened fibrous aponeurosis that originates from the medial tubercle of the calcaneus and runs forward to form the longitudinal foot arch. The function of the Plantar Fascia is to provide static support of the longitudinal arch and shock absorption. Individuals with pes planus (flat feet) or pes cavus (high arches) are at increased risk of suffering Plantar Fasciitis.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis A history of an increase in weight-bearing activities is common, especially those involving running, which causes micro trauma to the plantar fascia that exceeds the body’s capacity to recover.   Plantar Fasciitis also occurs in elderly. In these patients, the problem is usually more biomechanical, often related to decrease in strength of intrinsic muscle. As mentioned above, people with faulty foot biomechanics are also at risk of developing Plantar Fasciitis.

A large percentage of the population will over-pronate (i.e. the foot rolls inward when they walk) which overstretches the plantar fascia and causes irritation. On examination, the patient usually has a point of maximal tenderness just under the front aspect of heel bone and on the sole of the foot.  The pain may be worsened by having the patient stand on the tips of the toes.

Plantar Fasciitis is often called “heel spurs,” although this terminology is somewhat misleading because 15 to 25 percent of the general population has heel spurs, without any symptoms and many symptomatic individuals do not have them. In general, Plantar Fasciitis is a self-limiting condition meaning it would resolve by itself usually within 6 to 18 months.

Suffering for such a long time can lead to Frustration for patients and Doctors. Stretching and Strengthening Stretching and strengthening programs address risk factors such as tightness of the gastrosoleus complex and weakness of the intrinsic foot muscles. Increasing flexibility of the calf muscles is particularly important. Frequently used stretching techniques include wall stretches and curb or stair stretches.

Other effective techniques include placing a two-inch 3 four-inch piece of wood in the areas where the patient stands for a prolonged time (workplaces, kitchen or stoves) to use in stretching the calf. Dynamic stretches such as rolling the foot arch over a can or a tennis ball are also useful. Cross-friction massage above the plantar fascia and towel stretching may be done before getting out of bed.

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