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Does Shockwave Therapy Help Plantar Fasciitis?

Every day, countless people throughout the Vancouver area needlessly suffer from the debilitating pain of Plantar Fasciitis. There are a number of treatments that may help reduce pain, improve function, and restore the quality of life. One such treatment provided here at Burrard Physiotherapy is Shockwave Therapy. 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, which runs lengthwise along the bottom of the foot. Injury, ill-fitting or old shoes, prolonged running or standing, can all cause this type of heel and foot pain.  Biological conditions, such as flat feet, can also cause plantar fasciitis. Generally, the pain is worse in the mornings and after a long day. This pain can disrupt day to day life; thankfully, there are treatments that can help.

Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis

There are a number of treatment options that have been proven to help reduce the pain of plantar fasciitis. Often, more than one treatment type will be needed to achieve the best results. Depending on each individual and the cause of their problem, treatment may include:

  • Activity Modification
  • Stretches and Strengthening Exercises
  • Ultrasound or Electrical Stimulation
  • Taping
  • Night Splints
  • Shockwave Therapy

How Shockwave Therapy Helps Relieve Plantar Fasciitis

Ideally, lifestyle changes and strengthening exercises will be able to relieve the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis. However, when other treatment options provide little or no results, Shockwave Therapy may be able to help by stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities using targeted acoustic waves.

These waves can reduce pain, reverse inflammation, stimulate regeneration, and break up calcification. People have noticed an improvement in their pain in as little as two treatments.

Promising Results

While no treatment can guarantee 100% effectiveness because everyone reacts to treatments differently, there is a high rate of success using Shockwave treatments.

About 80% of people who undergo this therapy see long lasting pain relief with very few side effects and risks. The success rate for the more invasive and risky surgery is about the same, so it’s no wonder that more people are opting for this relatively new therapy.

Burrard Physiotherapy

You should not have to live with chronic foot pain, we can help. To learn more about how Shockwave Therapy can reduce plantar fasciitis pain, please contact the team at Burrard Physiotherapy today. Call our offices at (604) 684-1640 to set up an appointment to discuss treatment options.



Burrard Physiotherapy
1190 Hornby Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K5

(Corner of Hornby and Davie
above the BG cafe)
Tel: 604.684.1640

7am - 6:15pm Mondays to Fridays
8:30am to 3:00pm Saturdays