Focused Shockwave Therapy Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis

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Ann, Age 65

Condition:  Heel Pain Plantar fasciitis

Treated at:  How Clinic, Edinburgh

Device Used: Focus Duolith & MP200 MasterPuls 

How long have you had / did you have symptoms? 

I have had heel pain (plantar fasciitis) for one year

How did it impact your life / sport / physical activity? 

It ruined my life completely even though I did the prescribed exercises.  I seldom went out, spent a lot of time in bed, comfort ate, under exercised and gained weight.  I began to use escalators and lifts instead of stairs. Sometimes even after a relatively short spell on my feet in town I would have to take a taxi home as I was totally unable to weight bear. 

What other treatments did you try prior to Shockwave Therapy? 

You might say I tried almost everything and anything! The list included; Physiotherapy with prescribed exercises, acupuncture, insoles from a podiatrist, new custom insoles from hospital orthotics department, general massage and fascia release massage, prescribed pain killers, ice packs and hot soaks with Epsom salts.  I also purchased various items suggested or advertised to relieve plantar fasciitis: special support socks, silicone toe separators, toe separating socks, special cooling bandage as pain relief.
How did you find the Shockwave Therapy treatment ?

Shockwave Therapy was excellent, I noticed a huge change after just one treatment! I experienced about an 80% pain reduction allowing me to be on my feet quicker and longer after rest. Each Shockwave treatment session improved by small increments, but the huge improvement after session one opened up my life again. Prior to treatment, my foot and lower leg felt wooden, inflexible, the foot flopped as if no nerve messages were getting through to it. I felt I could not control the movement at all and there was this dead thing at the end of my leg.  I used to walk as though I had had a stroke! During the shockwave treatment I found it to be a mixture of comfortable and enjoyable to painful on really sensitive areas of my foot, but Helen would immediately adjust the input of the equipment so I could tolerate it better. Treatments ranged between bearable and pleasant, it was very hands on and clearly designed specifically for each individual's needs.

How many sessions of Shockwave Therapy did you have ?

Helen gave me 4 sessions in total of Shockwave Therapy.

How is the condition now and how has it improved your life / sport / physical activity? 

I am in much less pain, can walk for longer periods at a time, can go from seated to standing with a stretch of my foot and without needing to use my arms to support myself. I use stairs again, have returned to an exercise I enjoy, Aquafit, I can get up each day and live a normal life. I feel much more positive, and more importantly I have hope that I will fully recover when the healing process is complete.  I still continue to exercise my foot to keep movement and flexibility going. I still use heat treatments with a hot water bottle which I find very comforting.

Would you recommend Shockwave Therapy to others with this condition or similar conditions? 

Most definitely! It has given me my life back through a huge amount of pain relief and more mobility.  Each day I notice I have been on my feet longer without pain.

“I honestly don’t think people discuss how severely disabling having planter fasciitis can be.  Ann’s was a particularly nasty, disabling and more severe case.  The pain of planter fasciitis is often overlooked and ignored. I treated her with just 4 sessions of Focused Shockwave Therapy”

Helen How, How Clinic Edinburgh.

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