Lithotripsy Plantar Fasciitis

Lithotripsy of the Plantar Fasciitis is a new technique that normally had to be done in the operating room. Recent technological advances allow us to perform this procedure in the office.


What is Plantar Fasciitis?

To find out if your foot and heel pain can benefit from Lithotripsy, let’s find out if you have Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It occurs when the Plantar Fascia tissue is pulled and is irritated and inflammed. The Plantar Fascia is the flat ligament located at the bottom of the foot. This ligament connects the toes to your heel. Plantar Fasciits is common amoung people 40-60 years of age, flat-footed people as well as athletes and people who are on their feet for many long hours.

The location of the Plantar Fascia
The location of the Plantar Fascia
Plantar Fasciitis Pain Location
Plantar Fasciitis Pain Location

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Can Lithotripsy be for you? Pulling the Plantar Fascis constantly leads to the development of Plantar Fasciitis.  You can think of the Plantar Fascia as the shock-absorber of the foot. The more pulled, or strained this ligament is, the more likely it is to develop full blown Plantar Fasciitis. The following factors increase the likelihood of the development of Plantar Fasciitis:

  1. Walking or running excessively, especially on a hard surface.
  2. Having high arches or flat feet.
  3. Obesity or being overweight.
  4. Wearing ill-fitting shoes.
  5. Having high calfs or a high Achilles tendons.

 

What are the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

The easiest way to know if you have Plantar Fasciitis and whether or not Lithotripsy can help you is to check how your feet feel in the morning. If the first few steps that you take in the morning are very painful, then it is probable that you have Plantar Fasciitis.  The Plantar Fasciitis pain feels like stabbing at the bottom of the foot and is at its worst in the first few steps in the morning. Long periods of walking and standing and even exercising can trigger the pain.

Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

Lithotripsy of Plantar Fasciitis

Lithotripsy is a new treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. Traditionally, lithotropsy is used in urology in order to break kidney stones in order to avoid a surgical intervention and damage to the kidneys. Sometimes, we reffer to Lithotripsy for the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis as Osso-Tripsy.

In Lithotripsy for the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis, the techitian delivers high evergy shock waves to the affected tendon. This often is painful but can be done with minimal sedation. The section below outlines the advantage and the disadvantages of this procedure.

Advantages of Lithotripsy:

  •  This procedure is performed with minimal sedation.
  • The person is able to walk on the treated foot on the same day of treatment.
  • Lithotripsy has minimal complications.
  • It is non-invasive and it risks minimal tissue damage.

Disadvantages of lithotripsy:

  • It might be painful.

Other Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis

Other causes of bottom of the foot pain:

Foot Arch Pain