Watch as Dr Edwin Ong, Resident Doctor, Dr Tan & Partners (DTAP clinic) talks about ESWT, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, as an effective treatment for Plantar Fasciitis. Shock Wave therapy is a safe, quick and non-invasive treatment using energy from sound waves to activate the self healing properties of the body and accelerate the recovery process.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
If you have ever experienced intense pain over the bottom of your heel whenever you wake up in the morning and take your first few steps, chances are that you have had plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and affects approximately 1 in 10 people at some point during their lifetime. The pain is typically sharp and sudden and usually happens in only one foot, although both feet can be affected at the same time.
- Firstly, through a process known as cavitation, Shock Wave therapy stimulates the production of fibroblasts and tenocytes. These are the cells responsible for the healing of connective tissues such as tendons. The end result is tissue regeneration.
- Secondly, the Shock Waves stimulate microscopic circulation and therefore metabolism within the treatment area, which promotes healing and the breakdown of calcification deposits, also known as spurs.
- Lastly, Shock Wave therapy diminishes pain by over-stimulation of the nerves that send pain signals to the brain.
To conduct the treatment for plantar fasciitis, we place the treatment probe over the affected area and deliver the required number of shocks. The treatment for plantar fasciitis is tolerable. Most patients will need about 2 to 3 sessions each 2 weeks apart. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis and require treatment for plantar fasciitis, speak to your Doctor and ask if Shock Wave therapy is right for you.