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The most common cause of heel pain is Plantar Fasciitis, also known as heel spur syndrome. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a tight band of fibrous tissue starting at the heel, traveling across the arch, and fanning toward the toes. Heel spurs generally occur when the inflexible fascia is repeatedly stressed or the tissue is torn causing inflammation. Chronic heel pain is typically the result of an overload of physical activity or exercise causing the plantar to lose its elasticity.
Most sufferers complain of a burning sensation or an aching pain in the heel of the foot, especially in the morning. The fascia ligaments tighten up at night while we are resting and the pain diminishes. Pressure is placed on the ligaments when we get out of bed causing the excruciating pain to return. The pain decreases throughout the day since the tissue has warmed up, but will come back fairly quickly if standing for long periods of time or heavy physical activity.
If you are suffering from heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, who do not respond to conservative treatments, The Orthospec is the best alternative before considering surgery. The Orthospec uses the technology known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), which is the process used to stimulate the healing of affected tissues deep within the body. Acoustic (sound) waves are generated from outside of the body to break up scar tissue and allow the rapid healing of the inflamed fascia or tendons.
The Orthospec is designed to treat chronic heel pains caused by Plantar Fasciitis, with or without heel spurs, with a success rate of over 75%. The procedure takes about 25 minutes. Most patients return to normal activities the next day. Many patients feel relief the next day but the entire process of creating a new blood supply for the affected area may take between six weeks to three months. It is important to continue your stretching exercises during this critical period.
Deepening on your tolerance level, you may be given a local anesthetic injection behind the ankle to anesthetize the treatment area. Following the anesthetic, a gel solution will be applied to the skin over the affected region. The Orthospec will be positioned on the affected area of the foot, in which shock waves will be generated at the site. You will hear a sound impulse created by the shock waves being sent through a water medium, which spreads through the tissue without losing substantial energy. Ear plugs can be used for additional comfort. The treatment should take about 25 minutes.
You may experience some discomfort at the treatment area after the local anesthesia subsides. Most patients experience little to no pain 1-3 weeks after the procedure. Pain may return to pre-treatment level, but will improve as the tissue heals. Pain is manageable with over-the-counter pain medication, such as Tylenol.
It is important to remember that the reduction in pain is due to increased blood flow from the formation of the blood vessels in the foot. This process takes time, and some patients may experience slight pain for 6 weeks to 3 months. Keep in mind that this is normal, so do not get discouraged if relief does not occur sooner.
One treatment, lasting about 25 minutes.
Depending on your tolerance level, you may be given a local anesthetic injection behind the ankle to numb the area. You may feel pressure or slight discomfort in the affected area without anesthesia.
Results from the treatment may be immediate or may take some time. After treatment your physician may ask you to return in 3 weeks to evaluate your condition.
Do not treat the affected area with heat or ice or take any anti-inflammatory medications. Avoid completely flat shoes and continue wearing orthotics if you have them.
Normal activities can be resumed immediately. Vigorous exercise and heavy housework or yardwork should be avoided for the first few weeks.
You should not receive this treatment if you are pregnant, have bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, have bone tumors, bone infections, or skeletal immaturity.