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Shockwave therapy for Proximal Plantar Fasciitis - DRHC Dubai

Proximal plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation and pain in the proximal (closer to the attachment point) portion of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. This condition is often caused by overuse, improper footwear, or biomechanical issues that put strain on the plantar fascia, leading to microtears and inflammation.

Treatment for proximal plantar fasciitis typically involves a combination of conservative measures aimed at reducing pain and inflammation and promoting healing. These may include:

Rest and Activity Modification:

Avoiding activities that aggravate symptoms and giving the foot time to heal.

Stretching and Strengthening Exercises:

Stretching exercises for the calf muscles and the plantar fascia can help reduce tightness and improve flexibility. Strengthening exercises for the foot and ankle muscles can also help improve stability and support.


Custom or over-the-counter shoe inserts can provide support and cushioning to the foot, reducing strain on the plantar fascia.

Footwear Modification:

Wearing supportive and cushioned shoes that provide adequate arch support can help alleviate symptoms.

Ice Therapy

Applying ice to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and pain.

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs):

Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help reduce pain and inflammation.

Physical Therapy:

A physical therapist can provide targeted exercises and manual techniques to help alleviate symptoms and improve foot function.

In cases where conservative measures are not effective, more advanced treatments such as corticosteroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), or surgery may be considered. It's important to consult with a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for proximal plantar fasciitis.

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