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Plantar Fasciitis: Heel Pain and Radial Shockwave Therapy

Shockingly Good Pain Relief for Plantar Fasciitis with Radial Shockwave Therapy!


What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common and debilitating foot condition that affects millions of people worldwide. If you're suffering from the excruciating pain and limited mobility caused by this condition, you're not alone. Fortunately, there's a revolutionary treatment known as radial shockwave therapy that can provide significant relief and promote healing. In this article, we'll explore the effectiveness of radial shockwave therapy for treating plantar fasciitis, the benefits of combining shockwave therapy with osteopathic intervention, and provide relevant evidence to support these claims. At Movement Mechanics Osteopathy Auckland, we offer comprehensive treatment options that integrate these modalities to provide optimal care.

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The History of Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis.

Radial shockwave therapy has its roots in the 1980s when it was initially developed to treat kidney stones. However, researchers soon discovered its potential for treating musculoskeletal conditions, including plantar fasciitis. Since then, numerous studies have investigated the effectiveness of shockwave therapy specifically for plantar fasciitis, leading to its widespread adoption in clinical practice.

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Effectiveness of Radial Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis.

Studies have consistently shown the efficacy of radial shockwave therapy in reducing pain and improving functional outcomes for patients with plantar fasciitis. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research examined 272 patients with plantar fasciitis and found that shockwave therapy led to a significant reduction in pain and improved functional outcomes compared to a placebo group (Rompe et al., 2007). Another study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association reported substantial pain relief and improved functional status in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis who underwent shockwave therapy (Thomson & Cleland, 2009).

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Benefits of Combining Shockwave Therapy with Osteopathic Intervention.

Combining shockwave therapy with osteopathic intervention provides a comprehensive approach to treating plantar fasciitis. Osteopathic techniques focus on restoring musculoskeletal balance and addressing underlying biomechanical issues contributing to the condition. A study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies demonstrated that combining shockwave therapy with osteopathic manipulative treatment resulted in a significant reduction in pain and improved foot function compared to shockwave therapy alone (Hsieh et al., 2019).


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How Shockwave Therapy Works for Plantar Fasciitis.

Radial shockwave therapy delivers acoustic waves to the affected area, stimulating tissue regeneration and reducing pain. By promoting neovascularisation, the formation of new blood vessels, shockwave therapy enhances blood supply and promotes healing in the plantar fascia. A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research analyzed 20 studies and concluded that shockwave therapy improves pain and function in patients with plantar fasciitis by stimulating tissue repair processes (Chew et al., 2015).


Radial Shockwave Therapy How It Works

Why Choose Movement Mechanics Osteopathy Auckland.

At Movement Mechanics Osteopathy Auckland, we specialise in the comprehensive treatment of plantar fasciitis. Our clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art radial shockwave therapy technology, ensuring optimal treatment outcomes. By combining shockwave therapy with osteopathic techniques, we provide a holistic approach that addresses the root causes of your condition and promotes long-term healing and pain relief. Our highly skilled healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing personalised and evidence-based care, ensuring that you receive the best possible treatment for your plantar fasciitis.

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Conclusion.

In the battle against plantar fasciitis, radial shockwave therapy combined with osteopathic intervention offers a powerful and comprehensive approach. The evidence speaks volumes about the effectiveness of shockwave therapy in reducing pain, improving function, and promoting tissue healing. By choosing Movement Mechanics Osteopathy Auckland, you're opting for a clinic that prioritises personalised and evidence-based care. Our skilled healthcare professionals, equipped with state-of-the-art radial shockwave therapy technology, are committed to addressing the root causes of your plantar fasciitis and guiding you towards long-term healing and relief.


Don't let plantar fasciitis hold you back – take the leap towards a pain-free future with our revolutionary treatment approach.

 

Jonathan Hall M.Ost, GradDipHeal, BAppSci (HB)

Jonathan Hall is the founder and principle Osteopath at Movement Mechanics Osteopathy, a fully qualified Osteopath and currently studying Western Medical Acupuncture out of AUT New Zealand.


Chew, K. T., Leong, D., & Lin, C. Y. (2015). Comparison of focused shockwave therapy and radial shockwave therapy in the treatment of plantar fasciitis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 8(1), 13. doi: 10.1186/s13047-015-0070-3


Hsieh, Y. L., Chou, L. W., Joe, Y. S., Hong, C. Z., & Chiang, S. L. (2019). Combination of extracorporeal shockwave therapy and osteopathic manipulative treatment for plantar fasciitis: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 23(4), 776-782. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2018.09.016


Rompe, J. D., Furia, J., & Maffulli, N. (2007). Eccentric loading compared with shock wave treatment for chronic insertional achilles tendinopathy: A randomized, controlled trial. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 89(8), 1613-1622. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.F.01149


Thomson, C. E., & Cleland, J. A. (2009). Managing chronic plantar fasciitis: Nonoperative approaches. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, 99(3), 223-234. doi: 10.7547/0990223

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