Heel pain is most commonly caused by plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the band of tissue that supports the arch on the bottom of the foot. Most people experience pain from plantar fasciitis at the insertion site of the band on the heel bone. Pain usually is decribed as sharp, throbbing pain that is worse after attempting to walk after a period of rest. Standard treatment includes stretching, use of anti-inflammatories and using an arch support. Most people respond well to this treatment triad; however, some people are not responsive to standard treatment and need more advanced methods. Shock wave therapy is the use of pressure waves that are placed against the surface of the heel and stimulate the process of repair and regeneration. At Advanced Podiatry, we use Shock Wave Therapy in a series of treatments that decrease sensitivity of nerves and repairs the plantar fascia tissue at the area of inflammation. Shock wave is a non-invasive treatment which produces minimal discomfort. Not only can shock wave decrease pain associated with plantar fasciitis, but it allows your body to stimulate the repair process that heals the plantar fascia decreasing the risk of recurrence. This is a great treatment option if you want to avoid cortisone injections which may not fully resolve your plantar fasciitis pain. Shock wave is also a great alternative to surgery. If you are experiencing plantar fasciitis and want a natural alternative to treatment, then call Advanced Podiatry at 813-875-0555 and discuss Shock Wave treatment with our doctors.