Any achy feet out there after stomping around during the summer holidays? If you’re finding you have pain in the heel and along the sole of the foot especially when you take the first few steps in the morning then you may be suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis seems to just happen for no apparent reason although it has been linked with suddenly increasing exercise and standing for long periods, also being overweight doesn’t help. It typically presents with pain in the heel which is worse on first getting up in the mornings or after inactivity. This is where Lisa could help you out, not only with an osteopathic approach but possibly backed up with some ultrasound therapy
Many people, when they think of ultrasound, will think of the scan you get when pregnant to get a glimpse of the unborn baby. However, ultrasound has many other applications besides being used as tool for imaging. By using a different frequency of ultrasound it can be applied as a therapeutic tool. By changing the frequency of the ultrasound instead of the sound waves bouncing off structures to create a picture as with an ultrasound scan, the sound waves are absorbed by the denser structures, such as ligaments and tendons where they can have a therapeutic effect.
The good news is that ultrasound is pain free! A “wand” or applicator is rubbed over the area with the help of a water based gel. The sound waves produced by the ultrasound machine are absorbed by the denser structures as mentioned and help stimulate the healing process. This makes it ideal for treating injuries such as sprains, tendonitis, bursitis and of course Plantar Fasciitis.
So if you want help to get that spring back into your step you might want to try a combination of ultrasound therapy and osteopathy.« back