Ultrasound Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis & Foot Pain
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury of the foot. It’s very common and causes pain in the arch of the foot and/or around the heel. It affects a lot of runners, hikers and people who stand on hard surfaces regularly throughout the day.
Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis
Over 80% of plantar fasciitis cases are resolved after having rest, arch support e.g. shoe insoles, and stretching exercises. These non-invasive treatments often relieve the inflammation and pain of the feet and allow the individual to go back to normal activities.
There are, however, some cases which are a lot more severe and plantar fasciitis can cause grief and pain for long periods of time, affecting a person’s daily life. This is where ultrasound comes in. Evidence suggests that ultrasound therapy can be very beneficial even in the early stages of plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions.
How Will Ultrasound Therapy Help Plantar Fasciitis?
Ultrasound therapy is a very effective form of treatment for plantar fasciitis. It sends sound waves to the painful area at a frequency of approximately one million vibrations per second. The penetrations reach deep enough to sooth the fascia tendons and surrounding tissues. There is then an increase in tissue relaxation of the muscles and ligaments and this helps stimulate blood flow and therefor reduces swelling, soothing pain in the affected area.
The process of ultrasound therapy for plantar fasciitis is relatively quick, taking less than 10 minutes and the benefits can be felt immediately. 4-6 treatments are often necessary to prevent the pain from recurring and many patients often supplement their ultrasound therapy with other treatment methods (stretching, insoles etc).
Ultrasound is a regular and successful therapy used at Polegate Podiatry & Health Clinic, benefiting many patients. Call the clinic today for more information about any foot pain you may be suffering with. If you choose to have ultrasound therapy at Polegate Podiatry & Health Clinic, a full medical history will be taken prior to treatment. Appointments start from £25.