ESWT for Plantar Fasciitis (extracorporeal shockwave therapy)

Besides a pretty productive week that went by, I also had a consultation with Dr Nicholas Chua, a pain specialist at Mount Elizabeth Novena for my plantar fasciitis. Having it for the past one year has been hard as I have had to cut down my mileage quite substantially and even after a 8-10k run, I would feel tightness in the calves and the arch region.

In the past, I have tried to cure it by using these methods, and even though they have helped tremendously, I am still not 100% fully recovered.

so sick of this sometimes, I just wanna run without pain!

 

So naturally when I have a chance to try out an alternative method I would go for it.

Upon consultation, he said that several factors that led me to having this problem:

1. I have naturally flat feet

2. Didn’t do enough stretching

3. Arch collapse and over pronation

And prescribed these three things that I had to do:

1. ESWT for Plantar Fasciitis (extracorporeal shockwave therapy)

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photo credit : Storz Medical

2. Get proper shoes with arch support for people with flat feet

3. Daily calf stretches 3x a day for 3 sets of 10 each.

But the most interesting thing was the ESWT for Plantar Fasciitis (extracorporeal shockwave therapy).

What is ESWT (extracorporeal shockwave therapy)? Read in full here.

A quick check on google would lead one to see that it is a treatment method used to combat common concerns including heel pain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, shoulder tendonitis, lateral epicondylitis, and more.

It was applied to my arch area that was causing me pain, breaking up the fascia (it is likened to getting a very intense sports tissue massage) so that blood flow can be supplied to the affected area thus speeding up recovery and reducing pain.

The whole session only took less than 10 min. 4000 pulses were applied to my arch and another 2000-2500 were applied to my calves.

Did it work?

Well, for some patients (depending on the severity of their condition) need only 1 treatment to see an improvement. I did feel my arch loosen up by about 20% and the tightness in my calves were not so profound.

I decided to go for a run the day after to test the effectiveness of it. i did my usual 8-10k run and monitored how I felt after the session. Indeed, less tightness after the run then what I would normally feel but it’s still too early to say though I am hopeful (if i get to go for more sessions).

My thoughts

I am not endorsing any one single product or treatment here and I believe that one should seek all treatments till you find the one that suits you best. From going for chiro sessions, to foam rolling and taping, they have all played a part in alleviating my pain. I am merely raising awareness that there are more than one type of treatments available should you be at your wit’s end and have given up hope.

In the meantime, if I continue to go for more sessions, I will definitely keep you guys updated if this helps me any further. 🙂

* this treatment has been made available to me by Innomed Asia, a leading regional distributor of medical & aesthetic equipment and cosmetic products.

 

 

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