I want to talk for the next couple of minutes about chronic heel pain. so if you’re someone who has had heel pain, maybe even diagnosed with plantar fasciitis and you haven’t had the standard treatments and you’re just not getting better, we have to consider that a chronic problem and look at how we treat that. Now, one of the good things is that there’s been a tremendous amount of research on this over the last last maybe 10 or 20 years. I would say there are a lot of different ways to treat this now that weren’t available before.
Prior to that, the only way to really treat this chronic plantar fasciitis that wasn’t getting better was to do surgery, and surgery is almost never needed anymore. So, the condition that normally causes this chronic heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciosis, and that is different than plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia as it attaches into the heel bone here. Here is the plantar fascia coming down and attaching in down there. Plantar fasciosis is a condition where that plantar.
Fascia has become thicker than it should be. Where that fascia attaches into the heel bone, it should be about 4 mm thick. However, in the presence of longterm inflammation or longterm damage to that area, that fascia becomes thicker and can consider it, where plantar fasciitis is an inflammation, plantar fasciosis is a thickening or scarring of that ligament, and it just stops healing. So in order to get it to heal, we have to use a technique that stimulates the healing. And.
What we do is a little counterintuitive, but we do something that causes a little bit of trauma to that area, and by that causing that trauma, we stimulate the healing process again. This is used on the heel. It’s also commonly used in the other tendons on the body, for example, at the elbow. So there’s different ways to do it. There’s probably five or six different techniques to accomplish the same thing. One of the more common ones is a procedure called shockwave therapy, where we use a machine to send shockwaves deep into that tissue,.
To try and stimulate that healing process. If you go to our website and do a search for chronic heel pain, you’ll find a detailed explanation of shockwave therapy and the other treatments that are available for it. With all of these treatments, we also want to use orthotic devices to take tension off of the plantar fascia and pressure off the heel. So again, do some research on our website. If you’re in our area and you’re having chronic heel pain, it is one of our specialties, so.
New Innovation To Treat Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
Connecticut orthopaedic specialists was selected as one of six sites to perform an fda study in order to gain approval for the new innovation to treat plantar fasciitis. As a result of that we are the only practice in new england that has this technology and we’re able to provide that to our patients. So I’ve been dealing with plantar fasciitis for about a year and a half and its been a challenge to deal with in my day to day life because of my work as a community pharmacist.
Standing between 8 and 12 hours a day gets to be quite unbearable when the duration of your day is coupled with a great deal of pain standing. So extra corporal shockwave treatment is a machine thats delivering multiple sound waves to the soft tissue, in response, the body is increasing blood flow to the area bringing cells and nutrients to really heal some of the damaged issue. Its been used to treat multiple tendon injuries including tennis elbow, achilles tendonitis,.
Plantar fasciitis, and knee tendonitis. I feel a lot better, after having gone through 4 sessions of the extra corporal shock wave therapy I have had a massive reduction in the amount of pain I deal with, which for me was making me want to dance. So it was a great feeling waking up and not taking that first painful step in the morning. Patients can show a response without anything surgical so its really a non invasive type.