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How Does Shockwave Therapy Help Plantar Fasciitis?
If you’re living with foot pain, you already know that every step can be excruciating. A condition like plantar fasciitis can be especially difficult to live with because it often feels like a burning ache or deep bruise covering the bottom of the heel or arch. With this condition, you’re actually feeling a strain that traverses a thick band of tissue running from the ligament to the sole of your foot.
While plantar fasciitis is often caused by repetitive stress and motion that comes from walking, running or being on your feet at work, it can happen to anyone. In fact, data from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons suggests that one out of 10 people will suffer from this condition at some point. This is a progressive condition that often builds up over time. For many people, the pain begins the moment they plant their feet on the ground after getting out of bed in the morning. That’s simply no way to begin each day.
One of the ways that people are healing foot pain is with something called shockwave foot therapy. At Denver Chiropractic, Dr. Trent Artichoker helps patients step away from excruciating pain every day using this noninvasive, cutting-edge technology. Discover a gentle, effective therapy to “wake up” your feet by stimulating blood flow, cell rejuvenation and healing without surgery, injections or complicated orthotics.
What Is Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis?
Shockwave foot therapy is an FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment that helps to trigger the natural healing process in foot tissue. One of the reasons why healing from plantar fascia is so difficult is that the injury is located in a part of the body that doesn’t get large amounts of blood flow. Just think of how easily your foot can fall asleep compared to other parts of your body! With shockwave treatments, pressure waves are directed at the plantar fascia to increase blood and oxygen flow. This helps to reduce inflammation while also spurring cell regeneration. Additionally, the increased blood flow and cellular rejuvenation prompt your body to produce new collagen that helps to support your foot’s connective tissue.
Is Shockwave Foot Therapy Safe and Effective?
According to a 2018 study on the effectiveness and safety of shockwave therapy in tendinopathies, “Shockwave therapy significantly reduced the pain that accompanies tendinopathies and improves functionality and quality of life. It might be the first choice because of its effectiveness and safety.” When used to treat pain in the plantar fascia, patients experienced significant alleviation of pain and improvement in functional ability immediately after the treatment. The improvements could still be seen when following up 12 months later.
What to Expect With Shockwave Treatments for Foot Pain
Shockwave treatment is a very quick procedure that can produce immediate results. During treatment, a probe is used to deliver shockwaves that penetrate soft tissue to reach the injured area. A special gel is applied that helps the waves to reach your injured tissue. Generally, the entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes. While many patients feel immediate relief, several sessions may be necessary for full healing.
Treat Your Feet With Shockwave Foot Therapy From a Chiropractor in Denver, Colorado
If you’re planning each step around pain, it’s time to explore how shockwave treatments can help you to feel spry on your feet again. As a Colorado chiropractor committed to total wellness and full healing, Dr. Trent Artichoker is proud to be able to offer this cutting-edge solution that helps you to heal foot discomfort using restored blood flow and cellular rejuvenation. Please *contact Denver Chiropractic* to learn more about shockwave foot therapy or *book your appointment*.