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4 Common Treatment Options For Plantar Fasciitis

4 Common Treatment Options For Plantar Fasciitis | Orchard Health Clinic

 

Have you experienced a sharp stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot? If the answer is yes, you might have plantar fasciitis. This pain usually occurs during the first few steps taken in the morning and will dissipate as you move about more often. It may also occur after long periods of standing or sitting.

Fortunately, individuals with plantar fasciitis can find relief from the pain through nonsurgical treatments. In fact, there are various plantar fasciitis treatment options available in Singapore. Let us share the common ones so that you can decide which method is most suitable for you.

Option #1: Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy | 4 Common Treatment Options For Plantar Fasciitis

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment utilising high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing in damaged tissues. Before the procedure begins, our therapists will apply a friction-reducing gel to the target area to ensure the smooth and efficient transfer of the percussion waves.

In this case, our therapists will target the plantar fascia – the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. The sound waves help create microtrauma in the plantar fascia tissue, thus stimulating your body’s natural healing response. Gradually, this can help reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, and promote healthy tissue growth.

Learn More: Shockwave Therapy: Pros And Cons

Option #2: Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy | 4 Common Treatment Options For Plantar Fasciitis

We recommend visiting our physiotherapists if your plantar fasciitis shows no sign of improvement despite taking your prescribed medication. Our physiotherapists can assess your condition and recommend an individualised treatment plan to manage the pain and promote healing in the affected area.

Our therapists may recommend specific exercise programmes to help strengthen the muscles in your foot and ankle and improve their flexibility and range of motion. They will also study how you walk and make appropriate recommendations for changes in your footwear or gait to reduce stress on the plantar fascia.

Option #3: Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy | 4 Common Treatment Options For Plantar Fasciitis

Beyond physiotherapy, our therapist may also utilise hands-on techniques to apply pressure to specific points on your foot and ankle. This helps to reduce tension in the muscles and soft tissues and improve your blood circulation, thereby reducing inflammation and promoting healing. Manual therapy can also help improve muscle imbalances in your foot and ankle, which can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis.

Option #4: Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy | 4 Common Treatment Options For Plantar Fasciitis

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Cryotherapy is an effective treatment option for plantar fasciitis, especially in cases where the condition is mild or moderate. Our therapists will use a handheld device to apply liquid nitrogen vapour to the affected area to achieve this severe cold. 

The aim is to constrict the blood vessels and decrease blood flow to the area. Hence, reducing swelling and inflammation in the plantar fascia tissue, and, in turn, minimizing the pain and discomfort. This treatment method can also reduce metabolic activity in the cells, reducing tissue damage and promoting the growth of new, healthy tissue.

Get treated at Orchard Health Clinic today!

If you constantly experience pain in the arch of your foot, fret not. You no longer have to endure the pain in silence. At Orchard Health Clinic, we offer a range of treatments for plantar fasciitis to help manage your condition. Do not hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment with our therapists today.

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