Navigate through the sections below to learn all about getting to the root cause of your Foot Pain!
Foot Pain Symptoms
- Arch cramping
- Burning sensation
- Feels like stepping on a pebble
- Gait abnormality
- Loss of motion
- Mild aching to sharp pain
- Numbness and tingling sensations
These symptoms can be signs of the following foot pain conditions caused by foot and toe soft tissue injury that we commonly treat with S.T.A.R. Therapy.
Foot Pain Causes
- Foot arthritis
- Flat feet
- Subtalar joint
- cartilage deterioration
- Bone spurs
- Turf toe
- Morton’s neuroma
Foot Pain Treatment
Chronic foot pain is relatively common and almost expected, as the feet bear tons of force every day just from the process of walking. Often, chronic foot pain begins from a collapse of the medial arch. This occurs because the spring ligaments and plantar fascia can no longer support the arch. Treatments, such as arch supports, may provide temporary benefit but unless the ligament strength is restored, most patients find that they circle through various orthotics, cortisone injections, pain pills and dozens of new shoes trying to cushion the foot.
However, S.T.A.R. Therapy treatment works to strengthen the arch to provide more permanent results.
Another common long-term issue that arises from soft tissue damage is heel spurs. Remember, bone spurs are the long-term reaction to abnormal stress being placed on a bone. Heel spurs are due to the soft tissue abnormalities of the plantar fascia.
S.T.A.R. Therapy works to strengthen the plantar fascia to eliminate chronic heel pain. There is generally not a need for heel spurs to be surgically removed after the supportive ligaments and plantar fascia have been repaired.
Our Research for Foot Pain
- Study: Radial ESWT Superior To Corticosteroids For Plantar Fasciitis by Brian McCurdy Podiatry Today (2017)
- Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy Versus Local Corticosteroid Injection in the Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis, a Single Blinded Randomized Clinical Trial Eslamian F, Shakouri SK, Jahanjoo F, Hajialiloo M, Notghi F Pain Medicine (2016)
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy In Patients With Morton’s Neuroma Hyun Seok , MD, PhD, Sang-Hyun Kim , MD, PhD, Seung Yeol Lee , MD, Sung Won Park , MD Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (2016)
- Efficacy And Safety Of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy For Orthopedic Conditions: A Systematic Review On Studies Listed In The Pedro Database Christoph Schmitz, Nikolaus B. M. Császár,Stefan Milz,Matthias Schieker, Nicola Maffulli,Jan-Dirk Rompe,and John P. Furia British Medical Bulletin (2015)
- **Clinically Relevant Effectiveness Of Focused Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy In The Treatment Of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized, Controlled Multicenter Study Gollwitzer, H; Saxena, A; DiDomenico, LA, Galli, L; Bouché, RT; Caminear, DS, Fullem, B, Vester, JC; Horn, C; Banke, IJ, Burgkart, R, Gerdesmeyer, L. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (2015)** Level 1 Study
- Two Emerging Technologies For Achilles Tendinopathy And Plantar Fasciopathy. Langer PR. Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (2015)
- Ultrasonographic Evaluation Of Low Energy Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Therapy (EPAT) For Chronic Plantar Fasciitis. Gordon R, Wong C, Crawford EJ. Foot & Ankle International (2012)
- Comparison Between Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, Placebo ESWT And Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy For The Treatment Of Chronic Plantar Heel Pain In The Athlete. Saxena A, Fournier M, Gerdesmeyer L, Gollwitzer H. Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal (2012)
- Successful Treatment Of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis With Two Sessions Of Radial Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. Ibrahim Ibrahim M, Donatelli R, Schmitz C, Hellman M, Buxbaum F. Foot & Ankle International (2010)
- Comparison Of Radial Versus Focused Extracorporeal Shock Waves In Plantar Fasciitis Using Functional Measures. Lohrer H, Nauck T, Dorn-Lange NV, Schöll J, Vester JC. Foot Ankle International (2010)
- **Radial Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Is Safe And Effective In The Treatment Of Chronic Recalcitrant Plantar Fasciitis: Results Of A Confirmatory Randomized Placebo-Controlled Multicenter Study. Gerdesmeyer L, Frey C, Vester J, Maier M, Weil L Jr, Weil L Sr, Russlies M, Stienstra J, Scurran B, Fedder K, Diehl P, Lohrer H, Henne M, Gollwitzer H. American Journal of Sports Medicine (2008) Level 1 Study
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy For Chronic Painful Heel Syndrome: A Prospective, Double Blind, Randomized Trial Assessing The Efficacy Of A New Electromagnetic Shock Wave Device. Gollwitzer H, Diehl P, von Korff A, Rahlfs VW, Gerdesmeyer L. Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery (2007)
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis Theodore GH, Buch M, Amendola A, Bachmann C, Fleming LL, Zingas C. Foot & Ankle International (2004)
- Effect Of Shock-Wave Therapy On Patellar Tendinopathy In A Rabbit Model. Hsu RW, Hsu WH, Tai CL, Lee KF. Journal of Orthopedic Research (2004)
- Ultrasonographic Evaluation At 6-Month Follow-Up Of Plantar Fasciitis After Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. Hammer DS, Adam F, Kreutz A, Rupp S, Kohn D, Seil R. Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery (2003)
- Shock Wave Therapy Induces Neovascularization At The Tendon-Bone Junction: A Study In Rabbits. Wang CJ, Wang FS, Yang KD, Weng LH, Hsu CC, Huang CS, Yang LC. Journal of Orthopedic Research (2003)
- Preliminary Results on the Safety and Efficacy of ESWT for Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. Alvarez R. Foot & Ankle International (2002)
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy For The Treatment Of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis: Indications, Protocol, Intermediate Results, And A Comparison Of Results To Fasciotomy. Weil LS Jr, Roukis TS, Weil LS, Borrelli AH. Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery (2002)