Plantar Fasciitis

Millions of people in the United States seek treatment for plantar fasciitis every year. Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of a thick band of tissue  that connects the heel bone to the toes. Inflammation of the Plantar Fascia is usually  caused by strain injury causing micro tears to the ligament as it attaches to  the heel bone or other areas of tightness on the sole of the foot.  Plantar fasciitis may become chronic, causing unrelenting pain and dysfunction.

At Functional Health Center Dr. Behar provides regenerative technology to effectively and quickly relieve your plantar fasciitis pain without surgery or injections. Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn more.

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What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. It’s one of the most common causes of heel pain and develops due to repetitive wear-and-tear. This can cause small tears in the tendon to develop. Over time, these tears can become inflamed, causing pain, irritation, and general discomfort.

Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, but people who are active are especially vulnerable. You might also develop plantar fasciitis if you’re overweight or you wear shoes that don’t provide adequate support.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis vary from person to person in their characteristics and severity. Usually, you feel a stabbing, sharp pain in your heel first thing in the morning when you wake up. You may also have pain after sitting or standing for a long period of time. 

You don’t typically notice plantar fasciitis pain during exercise as the tendon warms up, but it will become more acute after a workout session.

What is the treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is notoriously difficult to treat. Physical therapy and over-the-counter pain medications are traditional therapies that often fail to relieve pain. Functional Health Center offers regenerative medicine utilizing the innovative technology of shockwave therapy for the treatment of plantar fasciitis and the heel spurs that sometimes accompany the condition. The treatment is nonsurgical, non-invasive, involves no injections, and offers quick relief.

Shockwave therapy delivers bursts of energy also known as soundwaves that stimulate circulation and healing in the inflamed plantar fascia. It’s not painful, and most people tolerate it quite well. The soundwaves introduce microtrauma to the affected tissue, initiating a healing response. New blood vessels form and circulation improves, so oxygen and nutrients arrive at the affected area.

Usually, you need a series of three or more treatments to see improvements in your plantar fascia pain. With regular sessions, your plantar fascia becomes strong, more resilient, and healed.  

If you suffer from heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis, call Functional Health Center or schedule an appointment online today to learn about shockwave therapy for pain relief.