Shockingly Effective: Non-Invasive RSWT Nixes Nasty Heel Pain

Heel pain can derail your day, and unfortunately, it can also be a stubbornly persistent problem. Typically caused by weakened or strained plantar fascia, untreated heel pain can spiral into further complications and become intensely painful.

At Carrollton Foot Center, many of our patients have active lifestyles, so they’re eager to return to their normal daily activities. And because we utilize the latest in advanced medical technology, we often recommend RSWT, or Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy, to help repair your heels and get your routine back to normal.

This post is devoted to explaining the ins and outs of RSWT, covering what it can treat, how it works, and why it might just be the perfect choice for your aching heels!

What is RSWT?

Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy may be sophisticated technology, but in some ways it’s simple:

  • This FDA-approved method has been shown to speed up the rate of recovery for soft tissue tendinopathy and related conditions.
  • Of all the non-invasive, conservative treatments available, it is the most advanced.
  • It uses sound waves to trigger your body’s natural healing response.

What Can It Treat?

RSWT can be a great option for treating a variety of issues, but most of them pertain directly to soft tissue dysfunction or similar problems, such as:

How Does it Work?

Chronic pain can trick your response systems; if it endures long enough, it will cause your body to stop recognizing that there is an injury in the afflicted region. Once this occurs, the healing process is halted, but the pain will remain. That’s when RSWT really comes in handy:

  • Ballistic sound waves penetrate deeply into the soft tissue and cause a minor inflammatory issue in the chosen area.
  • The soundwaves and inflammation reactivate your body’s natural healing process.
  • Additionally, energy emissions cause the cells in surrounding tissue to exude biochemical substances that empower your boy’s healing capabilities.
  • Said biochemical substances enable the construction of new blood vessels and soft tissue as needed.

When it comes to innovation, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari is always raising the bar in Carrollton, TX. She offers a variety of treatments, from conservative interventions to advanced surgical solutions. Contact our office at 469-998-3668 to schedule an appointment today!

Is Your Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis?

Heel pain often goes hand-in-hand with the arch pain you get from plantar fasciitis. If this is the case for you, you’re not alone. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions podiatrists diagnose. How can you tell if your heel pain is simply due to a tough morning run or the beginning of something more serious? Let’s take a closer look.

Signs and Symptoms

The first and most common sign you have plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot, typically near your heel. This pain usually is worse first thing in the morning or after a period of overactivity. You may also experience stiffness, swelling, and tightness in your foot and heel.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Most patients develop this condition due to:
  • Inadequate arch support. Wearing incorrectly sized shoes with little support (like flip flops or high heels) can wear your muscles down over time.
  • Carrying more weight. Your extra weight is multiplied fourfold in your feet and ankles, increasing the stress and pressure on the arches.
  • Repetitive stress injury. Dancers, professional athletes, and people on their feet all day for work are more likely to develop injuries to the plantar fascia and other foot and ankle problems.

What Are Your Options?

First and foremost, call your podiatrist. Foot pain is not normal and shouldn’t be ignored. Your foot doctor will be able to diagnose and treat you. In the meantime, here are some other treatment options that you can try at home:

  • I.C.E. treatment – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation
  • A wide variety of physical therapy exercises for the calf muscles and Achilles tendon can help improve arch and foot alignment and prevent pain and discomfort.
  • Always wear properly fitted shoes with the proper arch support to treat existing arch problems and prevent arch problems from starting in the first place.

Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari is committed to helping her clients in Carrollton, TX. She offers a wide variety of treatments, from ingrown toenails to advanced surgical solutions. Contact Carrollton Foot Center’s office at 469-998-3668 to schedule an appointment today!

Heel Pain Help for Active Feet

At least one out of every three people you meet will experience some sort of foot or ankle related pain in their lifetime. Whether that foot or ankle pain is due to life changes, like becoming more active, or due to incidents such as tripping and falling, foot and ankle pain is a universal experience. It will certainly help you become more appreciative of the times your feet work fine with no pain at all! Unfortunately, for some, this time is few and far between. For those who experience foot and ankle pain on a regular basis, it can be easy to simply accept this as the new normal. Thanks to Carrollton Foot Center, this doesn’t have to be your experience!

When you find yourself experiencing pain in the heel region, especially the bottoms of your heels, it is most likely to be diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition affecting the large ligament that works to attach the base of our heel bone to the rest of our toes. This ligament can become damaged for several reasons; the most common reasons being overuse from physical activity (i.e., running), being severely overweight, wearing poorly supportive footwear, or developing a bone spur on the heel bone.

What are some things to look out for when you have heel pain?

  • Aching pain after standing for a long period of time.
  • Tenderness or sharp pains when stepping onto the heel.
  • Sharp pain along the arch of your foot.
  • Waking up to a sore, stiff heel that ‘loosens up’ over the day.
  • Having a relative with plantar fasciitis!

While there are many different ways to tackle the pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis, many home remedies will not rid your feet of the irritation and inflammation that plantar fasciitis can cause. Rest, elevation, and icing your foot will help ease discomfort, but only for so long. When paired with other methods provided by a foot doctor like Dr. Lily Khavari, such as orthotics or shockwave therapy, your chances of recovering from plantar fasciitis greatly improves. Treatments like shockwave therapy are FDA cleared and proven to increase the rate of healing for conditions like plantar fasciitis, among others. Are you sick of the pain and discomfort of heel pain? Call us today at 469-998-3668 to schedule your consultation at our location in Carrollton, Texas.

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