Posts Tagged "plantar fasciitis"

Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain Relief

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Heel Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Shockwave Therapy |

When you’re having heel pain, you’ll try anything to get rid of the pain. One technique that is rapidly gaining popularity today is shockwave therapy for heel pain. This therapy works on the proven theory that creating micro-trauma on a cellular level causes the blood vessels and bone cells within your body to regenerate so that they heal faster. As such, it is a safe, non-invasive way to treat many chronic conditions. What some people find funny is the paradox here that when you damage your foot, you actually heal it. The technique used here involves a series of movements that place tension on the area of your heel that’s causing the pain. Your technician then uses a shockwave hand piece transmitting shock waves to this area for four or five minutes. These shocks feel like a small baseball bat that’s hitting your heel’s tissue causing the microbleeding and bruising that aren’t too painful and thus don’t require any anti-inflammatory drugs or icing. The bruising is actually a necessary part of the repair process that takes place over the next few months. So, while the process is uncomfortable, it isn’t painful. Even the minimal amount of discomfort you feel diminishes as the treatment goes on. Therefore, there’s no reason you wouldn’t want to undergo the treatment again in the future. In fact, considering that you’ll experience between a 70% and 90% reduction in your pain, you’ll want to have at least three or four more treatments so that you can walk on your heels once...

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4 Tips for Coping With Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Heel Pain, Plantar Fasciitis |

Dealing with plantar fasciitis sometimes be a bit of a trial. Fortunately, we have come up with a few clever tips for coping with plantar fasciitis pain. Stretch Before You Step There is nothing more painful than those first waking steps. To ease the pain of getting out of bed, stretch your calf before even putting your foot on the floor. This can easily be done with a towel or even your pillowcase. With your leg straight and the towel around your foot, gently stretch. Once you can feel the muscles begin to pull in the lower leg, do not stretch any further. Hold the stretch for half of minute and repeat a few times. This will help to loosen the muscles and make that first step out of bed a less painful experience. Tennis Anyone? If you do not have anyone that is willing to sit around and massage the bottom of your foot, a tennis ball is a good alternative. By rolling a tennis ball underneath your foot, it will cause the plantar fascia to loosen. This should be done for only a few minutes at a time. You want to apply enough pressure to the ball that you get the sensation of a deep massage, but not so hard that it is causing pain. The ligament is less likely to get irritated when it is loose. More Calf Stretches Keeping the lower leg muscles stretched out is the key to recovery. There are many calf stretches that will help aid you in the process. One such stretch is the downward dog position in yoga. Try to hold the position for a few minutes to allow the stretch to work. If yoga is not for you, try placing your toes on a step and allow the heels to drop below the height of the step. Remember the point is to stretch out the muscles…not to cause yourself more heel pain. Ice It At the end of the day, icing your foot maybe just what is needed. Freeze a bottle of water and roll it with your foot. Rolling the frozen bottle of water for ten minutes will be enough to keep the inflammation in check. If the ice is too cold for your foot, consider wearing a sock. *Remember that these are just tips. Always consult with a Largo podiatrist before taking this medical matter into your own hands. After all, they ARE the foot & ankle...

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Five Tips to Help Avoid Pain in the Arch of Your Foot

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Foot Arch Pain |

Oh, the wondrous and blissful side effects that come along with getting older. Remember when you used to stay up to watch Letterman every night or how you could eat nothing but pizza and chicken mcnuggets seven days a week? What about the days when you could run a half marathon after a full day of work? Now, if you’re like middle-aged Americans, you can barely make it up to see primetime television, you’re on a strict low-fat, low-sodium, and even lower taste diet, and every time you so much as walk to the car in the morning, there is a nagging and downright debilitating pain in the arch of your foot. Well, other than increasing your caffeine intake, which has its own set of problems, there’s not a lot we can do about staying up later at night. As far as pizza and chicken mcnuggets goes, maybe it’s not such a bad thing that you can’t gorge yourself on that stuff anymore. There are, however, a few things you can do to avoid that nasty pain in your feet, which is probably caused by fallen arches and plantar fasciitis. Warm Up and Cool Down – Follow the guidelines for a healthy stretching routine. If you don’t know how to properly go about this, ask your Largo podiatrist. Heck, even a simple Google search will give you some results. Alright, we will make it easy for you, click here for a couple ideas. Wear Supportive Footwear – Spend the money it takes to get proper fitting and quality footwear with good arch supports. Most sufferers of fallen arches and plantar fasciitis are born with high arches that sag as they get older. Good footwear can prevent this from becoming a problem. Flat feet, however, can become just as problematic. So, really we should all be wearing good footwear to avoid this potentially painful condition. Take It Easy – If your heel starts to hurt, take a rest. If the pain doesn’t go away after several days of resting, it may be time to see a podiatrist. Orthotics – Special insoles to support the arch of the foot can provide some much needed help. You can buy these at your local drugstore (not recommended), or you can have them specially made and custom fit for your feet. It can take awhile to get just the right one for your foot, but sometimes it can be just what you needed. Weight Control – Yes, maintaining a sensible diet with your ideal weight can be beneficial in many ways. It makes sense to think that the more weight your arches are supporting, the more easily they will fall and become painful. If you are able to successfully recover from the pain of fallen arches with these five tidbits or any other methods, go ahead and treat yourself to an evening of Letterman and pizza. Stay away from the mcnuggets though. After all, let’s be reasonable about...

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