Shockwave therapy has been shown to have some promising results but has failed to show any consistent benefits.
It has not been proven to cure Plantar Fasciitis in the long term, and can often only provide short-term relief.
There are much cheaper, more effective treatment options available.
Orthotics can sometimes help with symptom relief and the off-the- shelf ones have been proven to be as effective as the expensive custom made ones.
Studies have shown that heel pads/gel inserts are just as effective, if not more so than expensive custom orthotics.
Studies have shown that those who stretch their Plantar Fascia and also their calf muscles have a greater decrease in pain over 8 weeks than those who don’t.
However, stretching has been shown to only provide short-term relief.
Anti-inflammatory Drugs have been shown to provide relief in the initial stages of the condition – when there may be some inflammation present.
However we now know that after the early stages this is not an inflammatory condition – it is an overloading condition which can cause degenerative changes to the plantar fascia – which anti-inflammatory drugs will not help as there is no inflammation.
If you think that you’re experiencing the early stages of Plantar Fasciosis, feel free to check out this blog post on Plantar Fasciosis that includes some video exercises that will alleviate your pain.
Hopefully this blog gave you some valuable information that you can use to start returning to the activities you love!
If you have any questions or concerns at all don’t hesitate to get in contact with us here at Pain and Performance Clinic by calling us on 01 9079633.