Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fascia:
Plantar fasciitis (also known as jogger’s heel) is a common, usually painful disorder that affects the heel and bottom of the foot. If the problem is longstanding, it has been shown to progress to bony heel spur, typically at the origin of the fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick, stringy band of connective tissue that originates from the medial tubercle (heel bone) and anterior aspect of the calcaneus. The fascia extends along the bottom of the foot. It inserts at the base of the toes and helps to support the foot’s arch.
Symptoms of Plantar Fascia include:
- Stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel
- Pain is generally the worst after first awakening
- Sharp pain after exercising
Shockwave therapy uses energy from acoustic waves to encourage a process called neovascularization, or the formation of new blood vessels. This helps enhance blood flow to the targeted region.
Trigger point treatments are designed to help alleviate pain in the trigger point complex, which is a system of skeletal muscles. Shockwave trigger point therapy uses the concept of mechanical energy to detach the fixed actin-myosin links, breaking contraction ‘knots’ that have been causing pain. This helps to improve localized blood circulation through reactive hyperemia, or excess blood in the vessels, as well as resolution of the ischemia-induced energy crisis, which is caused by build-up in the arteries.
Plantar fasciitis got part of its name (itis), because it is believed to be an inflammatory condition. However, studies have observed structural changes that indicate plantar fasciitis is actually due to a non-inflammatory physical breakdown of the plantar fascia, instead of an inflammatory process. When untreated, plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain that obstructs your daily activities.
When you have chronic pain, it can affect everything you do in your life. Having daily pain is no way to live, especially when the pain is in an unavoidable area like your feet. At Natural Foundations, we offer this form of therapy to make your life more enjoyable and less painful. Shockwave therapy is a safe alternative treatment to surgery and may be beneficial for patients who have found no success with traditional treatment approaches. Give Natural Foundations in Santa Cruz a call today at (831) 325-0202 to learn more.
Shockwave Therapy for Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis syndrome is a pain in the deep gluteal muscles caused by an irritation of the sciatic nerve. The syndrome may involve muscle spasms, tightness, and contraction or adhesion-related frictional irritation, which often results in sciatic nerve inflammation.
Typically, the piriformis muscle contracts in order to rotate the leg outwards (on the outside) and stabilize the hip. When we run, this helps stabilize and avoid excessive inner collapse and rotation of the leg and knee. The piriformis muscle:
- Is located on the lower spine and connects to the top part of each thighbone (femur)
- Helps with the rotation of the hip and the movement of the leg and foot away from the body
- Runs diagonally with the sciatic nerve located vertically underneath it
It is common for patients with this syndrome to describe acute tenderness in the butt and pain down the back of the thigh, calf, and foot, similar to sciatica. Other piriformis syndrome symptoms may include:
- Pain when walking on inclines
- An increase in pain after sitting for long periods
- Restriction in hip joint range of motion
Shockwave therapy uses energy from acoustic waves to prompt a process called neovascularization, which is when new blood vessels form. This helps improve blood flow to the targeted region. Trigger point treatment can be divided into two areas: pain relief and the permanent removal of the trigger point complex. Shockwave trigger point therapy uses the concept of mechanical energy separating the fixed actin-myosin links, which is when muscles contract through the action of the two proteins called actin and myosin.
The high-energy and low-energy forms of shockwave therapy work by inducing microtrauma to the tissue that is affected by these problems. This microtrauma initiates a natural healing reaction by the body. The healing response is what causes blood vessel formation and an increase in the delivery of nutrients to the affected area. The microtrauma caused by Shockwave Therapy is thought to help stimulate a repair process and relieve the symptoms of pain felt with Piriformis Syndrome.
When you have chronic pain, it can affect everything you do in your life. Having daily pain is no way to live, especially when the pain is in an unavoidable area. At Natural Foundations, we offer this form of therapy to make your life more enjoyable and painless. Shockwave therapy is a safe treatment alternative to surgery and may be beneficial for patients who have found no success with traditional treatment approaches. Give Natural Foundations in Santa Cruz a call today at (831) 325-0202 to learn more.