About Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a very common and painful condition which affects the soles of the feet. Anecdotally, it is often described as pain in the heel, pain in the foot or the feeling of having pulled a ligament in the foot. It is thought to be largely caused by repetitive trauma to the plantar aponeurosis, a membrane which runs from the heel towards the ball of the foot to support the arch. Plantar fasciitis commonly occurs in both feet. It will often resolve with conservative measures such as orthotics, stretching and the avoidance of precipitating factors such as running.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis disease:
- Radiation therapy
- Steroid injections
- Shockwave therapy
Radiation therapy for plantar fasciitis
Low dose radiation therapy has been used for many years to relieve the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. It is delivered in six outpatient sessions over 1-2 weeks. Patients are reviewed after a 6-12 week break, after which a further six sessions can be considered if there is ongoing pain. There may be some mild redness of the skin immediately following treatment, but this usually disappears over 2-3 weeks. Anecdotally, around 80% of patients report some resolution of pain, and about a third state that the pain is completely controlled after treatment.
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