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Get help for plantar fasciitis with Shockwave Therapy by Dr. Krisjan Gustavson Phone: 250-382-0018 Website: At Diversified Health Clinic, we've had the opportunity to work with many amateur and professional athletes, weekend warriors and those who are just beginning a fitness regime. It's been a fantastic experience, and we've been able to learn more about cutting-edge techniques, in this case how Shockwave Therapy can help treat golfer’s/tennis elbow, achilles tendonapthy, calcified rotator cuff muscles, patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee), plantar fasciitis and other conditions. Plantar fasciitis, though, is a common complaint experienced by golfers.

Plantar fasciitis in golfers - do I have it? Plantar fasciitis is a common ailment among golfers, and is often caused by painful inflammation of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the sole of the foot. The pain is usually felt on the underside of the heel and is often most intense at the start of the day. Another common symptom is difficulty bending the foot so that the toes are brought toward the shin.

Why do golfers tend to suffer from plantar fasciitis? 

Many people walk more when playing golf than at any other time. They also walk for longer distances without stopping. Golfers also tend to carry a bag full of heavy clubs. All of this can affect the plantar fascia.

Golf shoes are usually made with durability in mind, and ergonomics are a secondary consideration. As a result, golf shoes tend to be stiff and generally uncomfortable, and are not great for one's feet.

During a golf swing, especially on full swings with longer clubs, the feet pivot and pronate at different times during the swing, causing stress on the tendons (already strained after walking long distances).

Most golf shoes eventually wear out, but, because of the price of these shoes, most golfers keep and wear these distorted shoes longer than regular shoes, which, given all the other stresses and strains outlined above, can be bad for your feet!

Who gets plantar fasciitis? Almost anyone who is active is susceptible to this condition.

What is Shockwave Therapy? Shockwave Therapy is a safe, effective and non- surgical technology utilizing high-energy, short wavelength sound waves, called shockwaves. It is a new treatment used in healthcare practices throughout North America. Like many techniques that are just starting receive mainstream acceptance on this side of the pond, it has been used in Europe since the early 1980's but has only recently become used more extensively in North America

How does Shockwave Therapy help? This production of shockwaves is used to treat tendons, ligaments, muscles, bone and periosteum (the pain-sensitive membrane on bone). Healing effects may include bone and tendon regeneration, increased blood vessel growth and a chemically induced decrease in pain and sensitivity of the pain receptors. The shockwaves destroys cell membranes, specifically pain receptors that will no longer produce and send out pain signals for a period of time. This stimulation of the pain receptors also causes a release of pain inhibiting substances (natural painkillers). Treatment results that have been demonstrated by using Shockwave Therapy include improved blood circulation in the treated pain regions and long-term stimulation of the metabolism.

Shockwave Therapy - yet one more tool in the toolkit By affecting the nerve receptors with repeated treatments of the shockwave therapy, this can change and improve (lessen) the pain patterns at the regions for the betterment of the tissue. Shockwave Therapy has been used with success to treat golfer’s/tennis elbow, achilles tendonapthy, calcified rotator cuff muscles, patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee) and plantar fasciitis to name a few. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and the length of time the area has been a problem. Shockwave Therapy is one more treatment option that is available to you.

When in doubt, seek help! Remember if you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or even a change in your function (e.g., decreased range of motion, tight muscles) make sure to have it checked out by a qualified and experienced healthcare practitioner before trying to apply any type of treatment.

Contact Dr. Krisjan Gustavson at Diversified Health Clinic and learn more about Shockwave Therapy. Dr. Gustavson believes that the body has the potential to heal itself. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Gustavson provides compassion and leading edge technology, combined with over 25 years of clinical experience to tailor a treatment plan that is specific and attainable for every patient. Phone: 250-382-0018 Website:

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