“Just cut it off!” This statement is usually followed by, “I just want new feet!” This is the reality for 1000’s of people every day in Bundaberg suffering from a very common foot problem – Heel Pain. Heel pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs are all terms which can describe a condition where pain is present in the bottom of the foot at the heel, sometimes extending through the arch. The pain is often present first thing in the morning and after a period of sitting. Left untreated, the condition can last for months or years. Treatment usually involves identifying the cause then R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), strapping, footwear and sometimes orthotics.
Sometimes, heel pain can be resistant to treatment and becomes chronic. Chronic heel pain commonly affects workers who spend all day on their feet, standing on hard surfaces. It has been common for these sufferers to endure a painful cortisone injection into the heel to gain relief.
Radial Wave Therapy (RWT) or Radial Shockwave Therapy is a safe, non-invasive method of treating chronic heel pain. It uses high energy kinetic waves to stimulate new blood flow, promote cell metabolism and encourage your body to restart the healing process. Studies have shown that people who have suffered from heel pain for over 6 months who received RWT had lasting pain reduction and were able to walk further following their treatments.
Radial Wave Therapy is available at Hinkler Podiatry – you can read more about it here. If you are suffering from a chronic foot injury or sports injury that is unresponsive to treatment, come and talk to our clinicians about RWT. You don’t have to put up with sore feet.