Fast and effective treatment for Plantar Fasciitis and other forms of foot pain

90% of people suffer from foot pain at one time or another. Yet too few people ever seek help to tackle their discomfort. Many of us choose to suffer in silence rather than seek treatment that could get us back on our feet and pain free.

At Fornham Chiropractic Clinic we use the revolutionary shockwave therapy as part of our comprehensive STAR Treatment ™ system. By combining therapies we treat common foot and ankle issues such as Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis.

Call us today on 01284 220202 to find out more.

The STAR Treatment ™ System

At Fornham Chiropractic we have created a unique treatment protocol that is specifically designed to provide fast and effective relief from foot pain caused through soft tissue injuries. Using the latest scientific research and cutting-edge treatment methods we aim to shorten recovery time considerably.

STAR Treatment ™ stands for:

Shockwave therapy
Treatment in the form of fascial release
Arch support and orthotics utilising the latest TOG footscanner
Rehabilitation plan including carefully tailored exercises

The combination of different methods forms part of an intensive treatment plan designed to dramatically reduce the time you spend suffering from discomfort. As the leading chiropractors in Bury St Edmunds you can be confident that you are in safe hands when you trust us with your health.

What is shockwave therapy?

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy - otherwise known simply as shockwave therapy - is a relatively new treatment that has been found to be incredibly effective in tackling soft tissue injuries. While the name may sound off-putting, shockwave therapy is a mild and non-invasive treatment for chronic injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis. It has also become increasingly popular in treating conditions such as tennis elbow and ITB syndrome.

Shockwave therapy involves the use of a machine to send a series of high-energy mechanical pulses directly to the injured tissue. These high amplitude pulses serve to break down scar tissue or calcific fibroblasts, which are at the centre of these injuries.

By breaking down this tissue, the shockwave treatment initiates the body's own metabolic response, causing the damaged tissue to be cleared and new cell growth stimulated.

As part of the STAR Treatment ™, six shockwave sessions are typically included - each lasting just five to ten minutes. During this time, the damaged area receives between 2,000 and 3,000 percussions. When complemented by manual therapy and a tailored rehabilitation plan, shockwave therapy has been found to be highly successful in tackling soft tissue injuries.

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I can still walk. Is treatment really necessary?

All too often we see people turning to painkillers to deal with chronic pain and soft tissue injuries. While this can provide some short-term relief, it is important to note that these medications only mask the pain and do not tackle the underlying issue. Over time, ignoring the signals that our bodies are sending us can lead to the deterioration of a problem - making recovery an even longer and harder process.

Our recommendation is always to seek the help of a trained health professional in order to address a problem early. After all, we only have one body and we should always take steps to look after it.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is an overuse injury or repetitive strain injury caused by the deterioration of the plantar fascia - a band of tissue connecting the heel to the toes. The plantar fascia supports the arches of the foot as it moves but, over time, a poor gait, poor foot-striking pattern or inappropriate footwear can all lead to this fascia becoming stretched and irritated.

The result is typically a pain felt in the heel, which makes walking uncomfortable and even unbearable in severe cases.

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The trouble with foot problems like Plantar Fasciitis

Like most chronic musculoskeletal problems, Plantar Fasciitis can be a debilitating and dispiriting issue. Unlike suffering a leg break or another trauma, Plantar Fasciitis typically develops as a chronic problem, meaning that discomfort creeps up on us over time. As a result, many of us feel that we should simply put up with pain rather than troubling ourselves with a visit to a health professional.

In reality, this approach can do more harm than good - both for the foot pain itself and for long-term health and wellbeing. While Plantar Fasciitis may be bearable, it can nevertheless reduce our ability to exercise or do the things we love.

Over time, a Plantar Fasciitis sufferer is likely to become less active which may lead to weight gain - ironically, a factor that can exacerbate the condition. Decreased activity can also have significant mental implications, causing low mood and a reduction in the endorphins that make us feel happy.

Who suffers from Plantar Fasciitis?

Not surprisingly, people who spend a lot of time on their feet are more likely to suffer from Plantar Fasciitis and other causes of foot pain. Runners are prime candidates for the condition, as are waiters, hairdressers, bar staff and postmen. Other likely sufferers include menopausal women and the overweight.

The inclusion of TOG footscanning and custom orthotics in our STAR Treatment ™ programme is particularly important because it can help to alleviate the stresses on the arch caused by poor footwear - often a key contributor to Plantar Fasciitis. By understanding the way our feet strike the ground can help us to understand how much support and cushioning is necessary to prevent the stretching of the arch.

Shockwave therapy and Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis is similar to Plantar Fasciitis in that it most frequently occurs as the result of overuse or repetitive strain. The Achilles tendon attaches the heel bone to the calf muscle, stretching and contracting whenever you jump, run or even walk. Placing constant strain on this tendon - through running or other rigorous activity - can lead to irritation and the build up of scar tissue.

Shockwave therapy is a particularly effective treatment for Achilles Tendonitis because it is non-invasive. By stimulating the body's own natural healing processes, shockwave therapy can help achieve swift relief from significant discomfort.

By supporting shockwave therapy sessions with manual therapy and a personalised rehabilitation programme comprised of stretching and gentle exercises, it is possible to not only alleviate pain but also help safeguard against the return of this condition.

If an injury is holding you back this year and you live in the Bury St Edmunds area, contact Fornham Chiropractic Clinic on 01284 220202.