More and more medical procedures can be undergone using non-invasive surgical techniques (preferred by many patients and doctors alike). In this world of wondrous medical technological breakthroughs there are many conditions that can be treated without ever breaking the skin. Heel pain is the primary reason people seek medical attention from a foot specialist. Roughly five million Americans are undergoing treatment for plantar fasciitis or heel pain. One of the most pedestrian of all disorders, plantar fasciitis, can be treated using sound waves. But these are not just any random noises applied to an injured body part – the sound waves needed to treat plantar fasciitis are ultrasonic. The treatment is called extracorporeal shock wave therapy (or ESWT for short).
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory disorder that occurs usually on the bottom of the human foot. The condition occurs in inflamed tissues beneath the skin’s surface in the arch anywhere along a line from the heel to the toes. Most people develop a plantar’s wart, a telltale sign of plantar fasciitis. The “wart’ is not like what is called the “common” wart (usually found on hands, and caused by viruses). The plantar’s wart is a callous growth created by the body in response to a tissue inflammation usually at the head of a foot-bone joint where the bone is perhaps prolapsed. It is usually a pea-sized or marble-sized mass beneath the skin, and walking on it can produce pain equivalent to stepping on a rock in a shoe (a stone bruise). Continue reading this post »