March 2024

Blog 30 – Are You Asking Yourself How To Cure Plantar Fasciitis In One Week?

Have you been waking up lately with sharp heel pain? Making it hard to walk around? You’ve ignored it, hoping it would go away on its own, like it has before… but now it’s back again? You’re asking yourself how to cure plantar fasciitis in a week? Is that even possible??

The answer isn’t a straightforward yes – sometimes it is possible, particularly the sooner you seek professional help, but other times, getting rid of your plantar fasciitis can and does take time, especially if you have been putting up with it and hoping it will get better on its own.

For the uninitiated, plantar fasciitis is an all too common but often misunderstood foot issue – the fascia that runs under your foot becomes inflamed and painful. Plantar fasciitis doesn’t usually go away without treatment. And it can get worse if left alone. But there’s good news – this heel pain issue is very common and treatable. If this sounds like you, you don’t have to put up with it anymore.

What causes this condition? More importantly, how can you relieve the pain as quickly as possible? And go back to your morning runs? Or get out of bed without those first few painful steps? In this blog we’ll uncover the mysteries of plantar fasciitis. Giving you insights into its causes, symptoms and effective treatments.

So keep reading to understand more about this condition and how to tackle it swiftly and effectively.

Understanding The Cause Of Your Issue

Plantar fasciitis is a common issue. Causing sharp heel pain from inflamed connective tissue on the bottom of your foot. 

Pardon the pun, plantar fasciitis is the quintessential pain in the foot. It can make doing basic tasks exhausting. 

You’re far from alone; millions worldwide cope with this debilitating affliction each year. But don’t despair as effective solutions do exist. This condition doesn’t need to control you or impact your quality of life.  

When walking or running, your plantar fascia that runs along the bottom of your foot absorbs impact, protecting your body from shock. However, if overworked or strained, it can become inflamed and painful – i.e. you have plantar fasciitis.  

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Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis is a common issue that can be effectively treated with orthotics

You’ll feel sharp, stabbing heel pain, especially first thing in the morning. Ignore it, and it’ll limit mobility and your quality of life and progressively get worse. Understanding symptoms, recognising it and seeking treatment is vital, and we cover all that and more below. 

Your plantar fasciitis may go away on its own for a period of time, but studies show that without addressing the root cause effectively, it is more than likely your plantar fasciitis will return and progressively get worse until the root cause is resolved once and for all. 

Recognising If You Have An Issue That Needs Professional Help

How To Become Aware Of The Early Signs So You Can Take Early Action

Catching plantar fasciitis early aids timely and lasting treatment. Grasping symptoms early and getting professional help can cut recovery time – sooner is always better.  

Do you have any of these symptoms: 

Diagnosing Plantar Fascia Inflammation And How It Is Treated

Getting the right diagnosis for plantar fasciitis is crucial to ensure you recover properly. The diagnosis process is simple and starts with a physical exam.  

Your Podiatrist will check for tender areas in your foot, often indicating plantar fasciitis. The location of your pain can also help determine if you have this condition. Discomfort, mainly in the heel and arch area, could signify plantar fasciitis. 

Overall, your medical history, symptoms, biomechanics, and footwear will be reviewed. However, the actual diagnosis is much more in-depth, as accurately identifying the root cause is the vital first step to recovery:  

The key takeaway is accurate diagnosis is crucial for tailored treatment. 

Without identifying the root cause, you’re wasting your time, effort, and money.

Your Podiatrist’s experience in treating plantar fasciitis matters, a lot.

Once diagnosed precisely; your podiatrist can create an effective personal plan to cure plantar fasciitis. 

Without it, they will be barking up the wrong tree and have little chance of fixing your plantar fasciitis. 

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Does it feel like you're stepping on a sharp when you step out of bed in the morning? You could have plantar fasciitis.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Plantar Fasciitis and Provide Relief

Before we get into the various treatments that exist for plantar fasciitis and heel pain, let’s briefly discuss the key lifestyle changes you should consider as part of any “plantar fasciitis gone once and for all” strategy. 

Maintaining a healthy body weight is crucial for keeping plantar fasciitis away. 

Doing this reduces stress on your plantar fascia. It lowers your risk of this painful condition developing. 

We understand it’s not easy, but it will be much harder to resolve your heel pain if too much pressure is being placed on the plantar fascia.

We can still improve things, but if you want the pain gone once and for all, this lifestyle change should be on the agenda.  

The shoes you wear play a big role too. 

Choose supportive footwear with good arch support and cushioning—these prevent strain on your feet. 

They decrease the chances of dealing with plantar fasciitis. 

Don’t hesitate to replacing worn athletic shoes. 

Making this easy change can significantly impact foot health. 

Consider switching high-impact activities for low-impact sports. 

Try swimming or biking for a great workout. Even switching to an indoor treadmill instead of running in the streets will significantly redue stress on your plantar fascia. This protects your feet from overuse injuries. Plus, it’s fun to mix up fitness routines! 

Okay, now that’s out of the way, let’s get into the long list of effective strategies, tools and products that can help you get rid of your plantar fasciitis and get back to enjoying the things in life you love to do. 

Non-Surgical, At Home Or Podiatrist Treatments

Podiatrists offer many evidence-backed options for plantar fasciitis, used individually or combined. In this section, we’ll discuss RICE protocol, strengthening/stretching exercises, modifying training routine. 

We’ll explore how off-the-shelf, custom orthotics relieve pain, support feet – plus other successful treatments. We use and recommend all the techniques, tools and products here in our clinic, but as we have called out, you need to know the root cause first before you can be sure of the method to cure the plantar fasciitis. 

1. The RICE Protocol for Plantar Fasciitis

RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Simple, non-surgical option for plantar fasciitis pain. Rest feet when heel hurts.  

  • Rest

    Resting avoids aggravating symptoms, allowing healing.

  • Ice

    Next, ice the area. Applying cold reduces inflammation and pain. Ice relieves inflammation and pain. Ice packs on affected areas lower swelling and ease discomfort.

  • Compression

    Compression with a snug bandage keeps swelling down and gives support. A secure wrapping is practical.

  • Elevation

    Elevate feet over heart level when possible. Raising the legs improves blood flow and reduces swelling.

2. Strengthening & Stretching Exercises

Strength and stretch workouts play a key role in treating plantar fasciitis without surgery. They build foot and calf muscle strength, increasing flexibility:

If you want to take your foot strengthening & stretching exercises to the next level, you can incorporate various tools and equipment to get even better results – check out The Foot Collective as a great example and resource for improving foot strength. 

The Foot Collective specialise in foot strengthening and rehabilitation exercises with the aid of effective tools and techniques based in evidence-based studies and research.

Building your foot strength is always a positive step towards beating plantar fasciitis once and for all, and effective incoporation of tools and equipment will help you get results faster with the right advice and regular training.

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Check out The Foot Collective for great advice in building lasting foot strength

3. Adapt And Modify Your Fitness Program

Keep feet healthy by modifying your training, shifting to low-impact exercises advised by a physiotherapist to avoid worsening plantar fasciitis. 

3. Off The Shelf Orthoses To Make Your Own Plantar Fasciitis Shoes

When managing your plantar fasciitis symptoms, consider using off-the-shelf orthotics, a non-surgical option that is cost-effective and convenient. 

These ready-made inserts can be easily placed into most shoes, providing instant comfort without a prescription.  

These orthotics help distribute pressure evenly across your foot, reducing strain on the plantar fascia and promoting proper foot alignment. 

They come in various sizes and shapes to accommodate different foot sizes and arch types.  

Though not custom-made, these orthotics can serve as a practical and affordable tool in managing your plantar fasciitis.  

We sell Formorthotics to our patients as a quality insole.  There are many other great brands like Soul Insole, Blumaka and plenty more.  Do your research and speak to a podiatrist for the best advice.

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If you're considering a quality off the shelf orthotic, we sell Formthotics in our clinic with great results.

4. Custom Orthoeses

Your podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics, a powerful tool designed to match your foot’s unique shape, offering targeted support and relief from plantar fasciitis symptoms.  

Custom orthotics distribute pressure evenly across your foot, promoting proper alignment and reducing pain.  The importance of custom orthotics for certain cases of plantar fasciitis is key to lasting recovery. 

They bring comfort while walking or standing. These orthotics handle plantar fasciitis symptoms effectively, bettering life quality.  

Custom orthotics are not a cure all for plantar fasciitis and should only be recommended by your podiatrist once biomechanical issues have been assessed for this effective (but rather expensive) plantar fasciitis treatment.

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Orthotic therapy is also another successful form of treatment for Achilles Tendonitis and heel pain.

5. Foot And Ankle Strapping

Though orthotics offer targeted relief, extra support comes from strapping—non-surgical plantar fasciitis treatment. Tape or straps are strategically wrapped around the foot/ankle.  

The pressure from the strapping reduces the pressure on the plantar fascia. Movement is controlled and alignment improves which typically means the pain subsides.  

When done right by experts, it aids healing superbly. It also combines well with treatments like orthotics and physio. 

6. Dry Needling

Dry needling is a relatively new yet effective treatment for plantar fasciitis.  Thin needles are inserted into the affected plantar fascia trigger points.  

Trained physiotherapists can perform this effective plantar fasciitis therapy. It works well with stretching exercises and orthotics.  

Here’s how it assists:

  1. It releases tension: Targets knots, tight bands. Discomfort reduces. 
  1. Improves blood flow: Stimulates circulation in plantar fascia. Aids healing. 
  1. Reduces pain: Muscles become relaxed and longer. Inflammation decreases, relieving pain. 
Dry Needing needles are extremely fine and can be inserted painlessly to release tension in your plantar fascia immediately

7. Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy manages plantar fasciitis using high-energy sound waves. It stimulates healing in your foot. 

Blood flow increases, inflammation reduces, and tissue regenerates. Pain relief improves foot function.  

People often find relief with shockwave therapy when other treatments fail. 

Initial mild discomfort may occur, but it’s generally safe and well-tolerated.   

Several sessions are required, usually one week apart.  

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Shockwave can safely treat heel pain and tendinopathies

8. Foot Mobilisation Technique

The Foot Mobilisation Technique (FMT) effectively treats plantar fasciitis non-surgically. It improves foot function and reduces pain. 

FMT uses hands-on techniques targeting restricted foot joints. Mobility enhances, restoring natural movement—Gentle and tailored to individual needs.  FMT aims to restore proper foot mechanics, alleviating plantar fascia tension.  

This video from Dr. Carl Baird is a great resource for people wanting to relieve plantar fasciitis pain at home.  Also be sure to read through this great blog also  from Dr. Carl Baird – The Complete Guide To Treating Plantar Fasciitis At Home.

9. Night Splints

Night splints comprehensively treat plantar fasciitis, relieving morning heel pain and stiffness. Worn during sleep, they maintain your foot at a specific angle. This prevents the plantar fascia from tightening overnight. 

Here’s how night splints can assist you: 

  1. They gently lengthen your plantar fascia and calf muscles. This helps reduce inflammation.

     

  2. Night splints increase flexibility and promote healing, without needing surgery.

     

  3. Using them regularly can give you long-term relief from symptoms. Plus, they improve foot function.  
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Night splints can be an effective tool in reducing plantar fasciitis pain

Summing It All Up...

You can effectively manage and resolve plantar fasciitis. But you likely can’t do it alone – the sooner you get it looked at, the more likely you are to cure it within a week. Understanding your condition and its root cause is key to a successful and lasting resolution.  This is where the professionals at Bellevue Podiatry come in.

Always explore treatment options with an experienced podiatrist. Make informed lifestyle changes and with these steps, you can get your plantar fasciitis sorted once and for all.

If you want the right professional advice on how to treat your heel pain, we currently have a limited offer running to help you out. For just $99 (usually valued at $219), book in online for our Complete Heel Pain Assessment & Treatment Consultation will get:

  • Complete In-Depth Heel Pain Examination
  • Review of Footwear & Personal Habit Diagnosis
  • Treadmill Walking Gait Analysis & Video Assessment
  • Complete Foot & Ankle Structural Diagnosis
  • Effective Heel Pain Treatment Plan To Get You Walking Pain Free
  • Peace of Mind You Know What Is Causing Your Heel Pain & How To Fix It
Check out our eBook below for further details on this special offer as well as other tips and techniques you can try at home to manage your plantar fasciitis and heel pain.

Ignoring heel pain or plantar fasciitis never cures it and your situation will likely get worse the longer you leave it.   Take control today by booking in online or call us today on (03) 4237 7165 to see one of our podiatrists and get this issue sorted once and for all.

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Blog 29 – Shockwave Therapy For Plantar Fasciitis | How Many Sessions Of Shockwave Therapy For Plantar Fasciitis

Are you someone struggling from all-too-common heel pain, referred to as plantar fasciitis?  

If so, you’ve likely researched several heel pain solutions and heard of shockwave therapy, but it might still be a mystery to you. This method, emerging as a promising pain relief technique, has sparked significant interest and debate among healthcare professionals. 

While some swear by its efficacy, citing clinical studies where patients experienced profound relief, others call for a more cautious approach, pointing to the need for further research to be sufficiently sure of its place as a tried and tested heel pain remedy.

At Bellevue Podiatry, we have spent many years researching and trialing shockwave therapy with industry leading medical equipment and have come to our own conclusion after treating hundreds of patients. 

Shockwave therapy is not a one size fits all solution for heel pain, and in this blog we will walk you through everything you need to know about shockwave therapy and whether it is something you should consider for resolving your heel pain. 

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

For those new to heel pain, plantar fasciitis, a leading cause of plantar heel pain, stems from the irritation, inflammation, and thickening of the plantar fascia ligament, essential in distributing weight and supporting the arch.  

The plantar fascia, a robust fibrous structure, bridges the heel bone to the toes, playing a pivotal role in foot biomechanics. This condition manifests when undue stress disrupts the normal functioning of this ligament, leading to discomfort and impaired mobility. 

In understanding this ailment, it’s important to recognise the signs and risk factors contributing to its onset. Symptoms typically include a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel, particularly pronounced during the first steps after waking or extended periods of rest.

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Heel pain is far more common than you think. The good news is that it is readily treatable and you don't need to put up with it any longer.

Are you someone who dreads those first steps out of bed in the morning?  You’re not alone.  Factors such as excessive weight, inadequate footwear, and occupations requiring prolonged standing exacerbate the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. 

Generally speaking, effective management of plantar fasciitis hinges on a thorough and tailored approach, incorporating rest, physical therapy, and supportive measures to alleviate strain on the plantar fascia.  

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that has emerged as a promising heel pain solution, offering substantial pain relief and functional improvement. This modality, necessitating several sessions, capitalises on acoustic waves to stimulate healing within the tissue, marking a significant advance in plantar fasciitis care. 

Exploring Shock wave Therapy

Given the limitations of some of the more traditional treatments for plantar fasciitis, shockwave therapy offers a scientifically supported, non-invasive option for pain relief and tissue healing. This method, harnessing high-energy sound waves, targets the afflicted area to foster both immediate and lasting improvements. 

High energy sound waves

These are directed at the affected area, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes.

Non-invasive and safe

The procedure is minimally uncomfortable, with sessions typically lasting only about five minutes, and intensity levels adjustable based on patient tolerance.

Session frequency

For best outcomes, patients usually undergo 3 to 6 sessions, scheduled a week apart. Many do report significant pain relief after just the first session.

Mechanism of action

Shockwave therapy promotes tissue healing by creating microtrauma that initiates the formation of new blood vessels, stimulates nerve endings for pain reduction, breaks down calcifications, and enhances cell permeability.

Leveraging this approach, studies have shown that 44% – 80% of patients experience a substantial reduction in pain, positioning shockwave therapy as a highly effective treatment modality for plantar fasciitis, with quick pain resolution and lower risks of complications compared to surgical interventions. 

What is crucial in achieving this level of success for heel pain reduction through shockwave therapy is accurately diagnosing the root cause of the patient’s heel pain. It is also important to understand the history of their heel pain and what other treatments, if any, they have tried previously. As mentioned at the start of this blog, at Bellevue Podiatry we have many years of experience and hands on research that gives us a high level of confidence to know which patients will respond well to shockwave therapy. 

Benefits of Shockwave Treatment

Shockwave therapy’s ability to greatly decrease plantar fascia thickness and alleviate pain offers a compelling, non-invasive treatment option for sufferers of heel pain.  

Our experience is that patients find the treatment process straightforward and relatively quick, with sessions spaced about a week apart. Typically, three to six sessions are necessary for best results, though many patients report significant pain relief following just the initial treatment. This rapid response can be attributed to the therapy’s stimulation of the body’s natural healing processes, enhancing tissue repair and reducing inflammation. 

Furthermore, the safety profile of shockwave therapy is another benefit. Its non-invasive nature minimises risks, making it a much safer alternative to surgical interventions. Side effects are very rare and very mild if they occur, ensuring that you can return to daily activities with minimal downtime. 

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What Level Of Pain Will I Experience With Shockwave Treatment On My Foot?

While discussing the benefits of shockwave treatment, it’s important to address the experience of pain and the procedural aspects of undergoing therapy for plantar fasciitis

You might be concerned about the discomfort associated with any medical procedure, especially one targeting a painful condition like plantar fasciitis. However, evidence and patient feedback highlight a minimal pain experience during shockwave therapy. 

Pain during treatment is minimal

with most patients only experiencing slight pressure or discomfort. This is important because it allows you to undergo therapy without the added stress of anticipating severe pain.

The active session duration is about five minutes

…and the intensity of the shockwave can be adjusted. This customisation ensures that the therapy isn’t only effective but also tolerable for you.

Communicating any discomfort allows for real-time adjustments

Your podiatrist can modify the intensity, ensuring the therapy remains within your comfort threshold.

Pain relief can be experienced after one session

…and the effectiveness of the therapy is cumulative, requiring typically 3 to 6 sessions for the best results.

How Many Sessions Of Shockwave Therapy For Plantar Fasciitis

This recommendation stems from clinical evidence indicating that the number of sessions directly correlates with the degree of pain relief and healing achieved. Most patients report significant pain reduction after just one session, highlighting the therapy’s effectiveness. However, to maximise outcomes, sessions are typically spaced about a week apart. 

The therapy’s regimen may vary, with some individuals requiring additional sessions to achieve further pain reduction or healing. This variability underscores the importance of tailoring the treatment plan to each patient’s specific needs and response to therapy. The clinical goal is to not only alleviate pain but to promote long-term healing of the plantar fascia. We want that heel pain gone once and for all so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy in life. 

Given the evidence-based approach to determining the number of required sessions, it’s critical for patients to adhere to the recommended schedule. Deviations could potentially impact the therapy’s efficacy. Continuous assessment by your podiatrist ensures that the treatment plan remains aligned with the patient’s progress and therapeutic goals, allowing for adjustments as necessary. 

Summing It All Up...

That was a lot of information and we hope you found it useful, especially if you’re someone who is struggling with heel pain and is yet to try shockwve therapy.  

To summarise, if you’re grappling with the persistent discomfort of plantar fasciitis, shockwave therapy may offer significant relief – but you need to be professionally assessed by a podiatrist that has many years experience in successfully dealing with heel pain and shockwave therapy.  

There is a fast growing body of clinical evidence supports shockwave therapy’s efficacy in reducing pain and enhancing functionality, outshining placebo treatments in trials – as long as the patient is accurately assessed as being suitable for shockwave therapy. 

Typically, a series of sessions are required for best results. For those seeking a non-invasive solution, shockwave therapy does present a promising avenue for alleviating plantar fasciitis symptoms. 

If you are suffering from persistent heel pain / plantar fasciitis or Achilles Tendinopathy, you may benefit from shockwave therapy.  

Book in online for a consult or call our friendly Reception on (03) 4240 5231 and we can administer shock wave therapy in the session once we have confirmed your suitability.  Quote code NEW75 to only pay $75 for your consultation fee (includes shockwave therapy first session).

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Understand what causes your heel pain and what you can do to get rid of it once and for all. Find out what treatments can get you back to walking pain free so you can enjoy living an active life again!

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