Shockwave Therapy & Plantar Fasciitis

Radial shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis – Vancouver physiotherapist provides treatment for heel pain at downtown YWCA – (Electra Health Floor)

High success rates (as high as 90% after only 3 to 5 treatments) treating plantar fasciitis/heel pain with radial shockwave therapy: research articles

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, characterized by sharp pain at the front of the heel with the first few steps in the morning, as well as pain with prolonged standing and walking. Sharp pain is also commonly noted when standing after a period of prolonged sitting, such as when working at a desk. Pain generally decreases after the first few steps, but can worsen with excessive weight bearing. It often presents as a mild pain, but can worsen over a period of weeks or months.

Radial Shockwave Therapy & Plantar Fasciitis
Vancouver Physiotherapy Clinic

604-685-4325 (HEAL) 
Electra Health Floor – YWCA location
535 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC
Open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm

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Radial Shockwave Therapy At Our Vancouver Clinic Requires No Anesthetic

Plantar fasciitis occurs when small tears begin to form in the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. These tears begin to heal with rest, but are often aggravated by those activities that require standing and walking. This is the primary reason the symptoms of plantar fasciitis can last for months and even years. The cause of any particular case of plantar fasciitis can be vague, as there are so many contributing factors. In most cases, there is a mechanical issue involving either a muscular imbalance or bone alignment that is contributing to increased load on the plantar fascia.

shockwave plantar fasciitis vancouverThere are various treatments available for plantar fasciitis in Vancouver; most of them are focussed on attempting to decrease tension on the plantar fascia. Stretching and night splints elongate muscles and fascia in the calf and the bottom of the foot in an attempt to reduce tension, while custom orthotics provide support to the fascia while walking. Many patients also seek massage therapy to reduce tension in the soft tissue, and/or physical therapy to address muscle imbalances and bone alignment. There is a proposed inflammatory component to plantar fasciitis, which is often addressed through hot and cold therapies, as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil. In some cases, doctors may prescribe a corticosteroid injection in an attempt to alleviate symptoms, and in rare cases, may recommend surgery.

Recent literature has examined the application of radial shockwave therapy with patients suffering from plantar fasciitis. Studies have shown success rates of up to 90% with a series of 3-5 treatments. Shockwave therapy works to break up the scar tissue associated with partial healing, as well as release adhesions that have formed in the musculature of the foot. In addition, shockwave therapy has been shown to cause new blood vessel growth in the target area, in turn supplying the healing tissue with the cells required for tissue repair. This is turn accelerates healing post treatment, allowing patients to get back to their activities faster.

vancouver shock wave treatment for plantar facsiitisHigh Success Rates

Treating plantar fasciitis with radial shockwave therapy has shown success rates as high as 90%. Recurrence of symptoms is extremely rare. Most patients find benefit during therapy, and continued benefit is usually noted after treatment has completed.


Read about radial shockwave therapy and plantar fasciitis – heel pain research:

Radial Shockwave Therapy
for Plantar Fasciitis – Vancouver Physiotherapy Clinic

While shockwave therapy has shown to be extremely effective in the treatment of plantar fasciitis, it is vital than any comprehensive treatment plan include a thorough biomechanical examination in order to properly address any biomechanical issues contributing to symptoms in order to maximize chances of recovery, as well as prevent further occurrences in the future. No stand-alone treatment has shown greater effectiveness than a multimodal approach treating both the tissue and the root cause of plantar fasciitis.

Heel Pain – Plantar Fasciitis – Vancouver Shockwave Therapy

A registered physiotherapist performs all radial shockwave therapy sessions at our Vancouver clinic. Radial shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis is covered under extended medical plans, which cover physiotherapy. Plantar fasciitis treatment sessions include physiotherapy, in addition to shockwave therapy, and cost $90 for a 25 minute session, and $130 for a 50 minute session.

Radial Shockwave Therapy & Plantar Fasciitis
Vancouver Physiotherapy Clinic

Heel Pain – Radial Shockwave Therapy & Plantar Fasciitis – Vancouver


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