Vancouver was deemed the "most walkable city in Canada" this year, and with summer around the corner we'll soon be able to take full advantage of all the gorgeous walking trails and hikes throughout our city.
However, for as many as 1 in 10 Vancouverites, this may not be an option. Approximately 10% of people suffer from plantar fasciitis, a condition which can cause excruciating heel pain from simply standing or walking. While plantar fasciitis can be an extremely debilitating and frustrating problem, Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option that has been showing incredible results and reducing rehabilitation time greatly. So, if you've been struggling with nagging heel pain, don't despair! Read below to learn more about plantar fasciitis, and see how our therapists here at Granville Physio can get you back to hiking your favourite trails, pain free!
What is plantar fasciitis?
You have likely heard of these before, by the name of heel spurs. Shockwave therapy is one of the only non-surgical options that is currently effective in treating heel spurs. Without treatment, both the heel spurs and the inflammation can cause longstanding pain and movement issues, with lengthy rehabilitative periods.
What does that feel like?
Pain often starts at the base of the heel, or along the bottom arch of the foot. Many people describe this pain as a bruise or an ache, while chronic conditions have been described as a sharp, jabbing pain. Oftentimes, plantar fasciitis begins as a subtle pain, and many patients dismiss initial symptoms. However, plantar fasciitis worsens over time, and over the span of a few months the pain experienced is usually too great to ignore. Pain is often present the instant that pressure is put on the feet, and can lessen once you begin to move around. However, prolonged periods of activity will cause an increase in the pain and sensitivity experienced.