Plantar fasciitis occurs when connective tissues on the sole of the foot – the plantar fascia – become painfully inflamed. Physicians may suggest various therapies for this condition, including injecting steroids, regular stretching exercises or injecting botulinum toxin A (BTX-A), also known as BOTOX®.
Plantar fasciitis is a painfully frustrating injury because it tends to heal slowly and reoccur frequently. Excessive over-pronation can cause micro-tearing and inflammation of the plantar fascia. When this occurs, the body responds by patching the damaged area with fibres in the form of scar tissue, although this is not as robust as healthy tissue and is therefore susceptible to reoccurring injury.
According to statistics, ten per cent of the population will suffer from plantar fasciitis when they are around the ages of 40 to 60. This condition is predominant in people who are especially active and is most common in runners, as they experience excessive pressure on the soles of the feet.
Plantar fasciitis is more common in women, overweight people or those who have jobs that require a lot of walking or standing. People with very flat feet or very high arches are also more prone to plantar fasciitis. Symptoms usually start as a dull, intermittent pain in the heel which may progress to sharp persistent pain.
Typically, sufferers may experience pain under their foot at the heel, especially after prolonged periods of rest such as the first few steps in the morning, sitting or standing too long or even at the beginning of sporting activity. The pain can be described as like sharp needles in the feet or like walking over broken glass. Even with the standard treatment of massage, stretching and orthotics, use of ice in the inflamed area as well as anti-inflammatory medication, people with this condition can have pain that lasts for months. This impacts productivity and general quality of life.
There are a variety of treatments designed to treat plantar fasciitis, including:
The Dry Needling TreatmentThe method
The Method – a needle is used to puncture the plantar fascia of your numbed foot. This breaks up scar tissue and causes minor bleeding, which recruits blood cells to heal the tissue. Some doctors follow up with a steroid injection.
The Result – a study reported a 95 per cent cure rate for dry needling combined with steroids, although it is an effective treatment there are harmful side effects associated with this treatment.
Shock Wave Treatment
The Method – This process involves using sound waves in order to break down the scar tissue and force the production of collagen which will enhance the healing process. This is effective in one high-energy procedure however, it is a painful procedure, therefore, the patient must be sedated before the treatment is conducted. For lower-energy therapy, the patient is awake, although you must undergo multiple sessions in order to see results.
The Result – 82 per cent had success with the low-energy treatment after being unresponsive to other treatments, although it took multiple sessions to receive effective results.
Platelet-rich Plasma Method (PRP) Treatment (Vampire Injections)
The Method – PRP involves drawing blood in to produce concentrated platelets which are then injected into the affected area in order to regenerate tissue and speed up the healing process.
The Result – There is evident research on the effectiveness of this treatment on plantar fasciitis, however, there is not enough for it to be used practically yet.
Here at 23MD, we can help those who suffer from this painful condition, by offering our first-rate Botox® treatment which will eliminate your pain and get you up and running again. According to trusted research, Botulinum toxin (BTX)A is proven to be more effective than steroids for the treatment of plantar fasciitis.
The Method – Botulinum toxin is injected into plantar fascia below the feet to reduce pain and inflammation.
The Result – In one study, plantar fasciitis sufferers reported a significant reduction in pain following treatment when measured at 6 months.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis and looking for a quality treatment that works look no further than our Botox® treatments at 23MD. To book your consultation or for further information on our effective treatment, you can get in touch today by calling 020 707 80302.