What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is a treatment whereby a hand held probe delivers very high energy acoustic waves which expand as they travel inside the foot. These sound waves stimulate tissue regeneration, increase blood flow to the affected area and break down scar tissue. The process accelerates healing.
Heel Pain in Adults
There are many causes of heel pain at the bottom of the foot with the most common being plantar fasciitis or plantar fasciosis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Sever's Disease calcaneal apotheosis
- Heel bumps (pump bumps or haglunds deformity), a bone enlargement at the back of the heel bone or calcific enthesopathy.
- Flat feet and excessive rolling in of the feet when walking (over pronation)
- An inflamed bursa (bursitis), a small, irritated sack of fluid at the back of the heel or bottom of the foot.
- Soft tissue problems: fat pad impingement, heel bruise
Heel Pain in Children
Sever's Apotheosis is a type of heel pain that occurs in children aged between 9 – 15 year old children and is more common in boys. This pain is often worse with jumping and running, however if bad enough can be painful at all times of the day. The pain occurs when the Achilles tendon continually pulls on the apophysis of the calcaneum and does not allow for it to fuse with the body of the calcaneum.