Vale Health Clinic

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Vale Health clinic offers Focused and Radial shockwave therapy as also diagnostic ultrasound imaging.

Plantar fasciitis also known as policeman heel is a thick fibrous band of tissue at the bottom of your foot that lies between your toes and your heel. Repeated small injuries to the plantar fascia are believed to be the cause of the inflammation and causes of pain.

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We offer a free 10 minute consultation to answer any questions you may have and  devise a treatment plan. Which is normally a combination of Shockwave  therapy, soft tissue treatment,  footwear or orthotic advice and rehabilitation.

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Focused and radial shockwave have great success rates and is a recommend treatment by NICE guideline.

Frequently Asked Questions

Plantar fasciitis is throbbing or burning pain at the inside part of the heel. Pain is gradual over weeks to months, although it can sometimes occur suddenly, and can be associated with trauma. The pain is normally worse in morning or at the beginning of an activity. Also, continuous movement such as walking can ease the discomfort. It is generally more common in females.
An assessment by a practitioner is often enough for a diagnosis to be made. it is important to determine the reasons that have led to the plantar fasciiitis, such as training errors, calf tightness, or poor movement patterns.
Generally, imaging assists in the diagnosis. Usually, ultrasound is the first choice to detect typical swelling changes and thickening of the plantar fascia. Sometimes an MRI maybe required to rule out other conditions such as stress fracture or plantar fibroma
Plantar fasciitis can be a chronic condition that is known to be a difficult condition to treat . It is important to get a diagnosis early and seek the correct advice and treatment.
In some cases, ultrasound-guided plantar fascia injections are performed. However, shockwave therapy is normally the best first choice as injections can be painful and sometimes risk damaging the fat pad.
This will dependant on the chronicity of the condition and the diagnostic ultrasound findings. Generally patients will need 5-8 sessions of shockwave and 12-week course of stretches and exercise

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