Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain Relief

Treatment for Heel Pain & Plantar Fasciitis in Houston, TXWhen 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 again.

Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain Can Provide Welcome Relief to Many

Treatment for Heel Pain & Plantar Fasciitis in Houston, TXAre you one of the estimated 2 million people that frequently suffer from unbearable heel pain? Is your heel pain believed to be caused by plantar fasciitis or bone spurs? If so, it’s worth learning about shockwave therapy for heel pain.

Shockwave therapy has been used for decades by health care professionals from around the world for many different things. American podiatrists started using extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) to treat their patients in the early 2000s. It was around that time that the FDA approved the technology for the treatment of heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.

Since that time, Houston podiatrists have used ESWT to treat Achilles tendonitis, tenosynovitis, hammertoes and posterior tibial tendonitis too. Its effectiveness has also been studied by the health care community. The results of those studies were positive and published in various medical journals. The list of publications includes, but is not limited to, The American Journal of Sports Medicine and The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery.

Shockwave treatments tend to take place in a podiatry office setting. However, some podiatrists may opt to perform the shockwave treatment in an outpatient facility where he or she has ready access to local anesthetics.

How Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain Works

In the majority of instances, a podiatrist uses a special piece of equipment to complete the procedure in less than 30 minutes. The equipment generates high intensity sound waves which are aimed at the patient’s heel or other problematic area. The high intensity sound waves, in turn, help to break up the heel spurs that may be present and coax the body into repairing itself. The coaxing is achieved by stimulating the soft tissues, muscles and blood vessels in the impacted areas.

Because the treatment is non-invasive and doesn’t require general anesthesia, the amount of recovery time involved is very minimal. In most cases, the patient is able to resume all of his or her activities of daily living within 24 hours of receiving care.

To ask questions and learn more about shockwave therapy for heel pain, please contact our podiatry office today.

Your 10 Biggest Walking Pains, Solved

PHOTO BY ERIK ISAKSON:GETTY IMAGES

PHOTO BY ERIK ISAKSON:GETTY IMAGES

We all know that walking is the safest, easiest form of exercise, so why should you bother reading up on the risks?

Because left ignored, an innocent foot pain or leg pain can become a chronic problem. Each year, nearly 250,000 walkers are hobbled as a result of a walking-induced pain or a nagging old exercise injury that walking has aggravated. As bothersome as the initial problem can be, the real damage is what happens next. You stop exercising, misplace your motivation, and soon gain weight and lose muscle tone. To make sure a debilitating walking injury doesn’t prevent you from reaching your fitness and weight loss goals, we asked leading experts for advice on how to avoid aches and treat the 10 most common walking pains.

1. Plantar fasciitis
Feels like: Tenderness on your heel or bottom of foot

What it is: The plantar fascia is the band of tissue that runs from your heel bone to the ball of your foot. When this dual-purpose shock absorber and arch support is strained, small tears develop and the tissue stiffens as a protective response, causing foot pain. “Walkers can overwork the area when pounding the pavement, especially when you wear hard shoes on concrete, because there’s very little give as the foot lands,” says Teresa Schuemann, a physical therapist in Fort Collins, CO, and a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association. Inflammation can also result from any abrupt change or increase in your normal walking routine. People with high arches or who walk on the insides of their feet (known as pronating) are particularly susceptible. You know you have plantar fasciitis if you feel pain in your heel or arch first thing in the morning, because the fascia stiffens during the night. If the problem is left untreated, it can cause a buildup of calcium, which may create a painful, bony growth around the heel known as a heel spur.

What to do about it: At the first sign of stiffness in the bottom of your foot, loosen up the tissue by doing this stretch: Sit with ankle of injured foot across opposite thigh. Pull toes toward shin with hand until you feel a stretch in arch. Run your opposite hand along sole of foot; you should feel a taut band of tissue. Do 10 stretches, holding each for 10 seconds. Then stand and massage your foot by rolling it on a golf ball or full water bottle.

To reduce pain, wear supportive shoes or sandals with a contoured footbed at all times. Choose walking shoes that are not too flexible in the middle. “They should be bendable at the ball but provide stiffness and support at the arch,” says Melinda Reiner, DPM, a podiatrist in Eugene, OR and former vice president of the American Association for Women Podiatrists. Off-the-shelf orthotic inserts (by Dr. Scholl’s or Vionic, for example) or a custom-made pair can help absorb some of the impact ofwalking, especially on hard surfaces. Until you can walk pain-free, stick to flat, stable, giving paths (such as a level dirt road) and avoid pavement, sand, and uneven ground that might cause too much flexing at the arch, says Phillip Ward, DPM, a podiatrist in Pinehurst, NC. If your plantar fasciitis worsens, ask a podiatrist to prescribe a night splint to stabilize your foot in a slightly flexed position, which will counteract tightening while you sleep.

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Simple Steps That Help Diabetics Keep Their Feet Healthy

Professional Foot CareA diabetes diagnosis can be daunting, but a simple attitude adjustment can make a world of difference in how well you fare while living with the disease. When people with diabetes take proactive steps to monitor key health indicators, experts agree that it’s possible to prevent some of the most severe risks of diabetes, including lower limb amputation.

People ages 20 and older who are living with diabetes account for about 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report.

“The CDC says the occurrence of diabetes-related foot and lower-leg amputation has decreased by 65 percent since 1996,” says Dr. Eric Steen, DPM, a podiatrist at Pro Active Podiatry and member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Working together, podiatrists and their patients with diabetes can reduce the number of amputations even more.”

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Don’t Let Foot Cramps and Charley Horses Slow You Down

A woman rubs her aching feet on the sofa

A woman rubs her aching feet on the sofa

You’re sound asleep, and then, without warning, you wake up with a paralyzing stiffness in your calf or foot.

Whether you call it a foot or leg cramp (aka “charley horse”), it’s a common, somewhat mysterious pain that happens when a muscle gets involuntarily stiff and can’t relax.

“They tend to happen more frequently as we age,” says sports and exercise medicine physician Kim Gladden, MD. “While they can be uncomfortable, they are rarely harmful.”

Here’s what causes these cramps, as well as tips to help prevent them.

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What Do You Want to Know About Sprains and Strains?

Professional Athletes’ Broken Ankles Capture Headlines in Early 2015Sprains and strains are injuries to the body, often resulting from physical activity. These injuries are common and can range from minor to severe, depending on the incident. Most sprains and strains are minor and don’t require medical attention.

Sprains occur at joints and affect ligaments, which connect bone to bone. Strains affect muscles or tendons, which connect muscle to bone. They most often occur at the calf, thigh, or groin.

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Your feet support you, so support your feet

Professional Foot CareEveryone has probably heard that stiletto heels are not good for your feet. High heels push the body’s weight to the front of the foot, causing unnatural stress on bones. But did you know that flip-flops and flimsy flats can also cause harm?

Too-flat shoes can exacterbate problems with low-arch feet, the most common type of foot, says Dr. James Vukonich, a physician and surgeon of the foot and ankle with the Blair Foot Clinic.

There are three types of feet: high arch, normal and low arch. Only about 20 percent of the population has feet classified as “normal.” Some people have high-arch feet. These are prone to supination — that is, rolling outward. Most people have low-arch feet, which are prone to pronation — rolling inward. Flat shoes that don’t offer the foot proper support can make this worse.

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Solve foot pain before it sidelines you

Woman RunningNow that everyone is ramping up for half marathon and marathon training season, injuries and aches and pains are starting to crop up. The miles are slowly increasing and this means that so is the pain. Sometimes running can be a real pain in the foot, knee, hip pain or back.

Many people will try to ignore the pain until it stops them from running. Others will stop running for a few days thinking that it will go away; or, slow down or change how they run to eliminate the pain.  One thing for sure is that if you do not address the issue as you feel it, and by address it I mean treat it, not just stop running, then the problem can snowball into something much worse that can possibly take you out of the big race you are investing so much time training for.

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KEEPING FIT: Fitness walking can be a safer form of exercise than running

Woman RunningEver since the jogging phenomenon in the 1970s there has been high participation in all kinds of running events. Men and women of all ages typically run within their own ability range, and race within their own age category. Friendly fun runs and community fundraisers along scenic courses followed by picnics and awards distributions have motivated thousands of previously sedentary adults to engage in purposeful physical activity.

However, in spite of the healthful benefits to the cardiovascular system, jogging has been responsible for a large number of musculoskeletal injuries. Two out of every three runners have experienced foot problems, knee problems, hip problems, back problems or other running-related injuries. Many of these injuries were the result of the constant pounding and shock absorption inherent in running. For example, every time your foot hits the ground, your leg is subjected to about three times your body weight in landing forces….

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