Post-Treatment Instructions following OssaTron® Treatment

Chronic Plantar Fasciitis

You may experience some pain or discomfort in the heel that has been treated. You may also continue to have the same type of heel pain as you have had before treatment for 1 to 2 weeks. However, the pain is manageable.

Do not treat the affected area with heat, ice or anti-inflammatories (Motrin, Advil, etc.) for four weeks.

Do not participate in any stressful activity involving the affected heel until your next visit to your doctor, usually scheduled 4 weeks following the treatment. Stressful activity may include running or jogging, doing heavy housework or yard work or participating in sports. Following this 4-week period, you should be able to resume normal activity.

Wear comfortable, soft-soled shoes, such as running, walking or athletic shoes. Avoid completely flat shoes such as sandals, loafers, moccasins or house slippers. If you have an orthotic, continue to use it.

Stretching exercises should be performed several times daily and before any exercise or sports activity.

Plantar fascia stretch - This can be done by pulling up on the bottom of the foot as shown below. Hold the stretch for about 30 seconds. Repeat 5 times and aim to stretch 3 times a day.

Plantar fascia stretch by rolling - The plantar fascia can be stretched by rolling it over a round cylinder, such as a bar or rolling pin. Roll the foot repeatedly over the bar, applying downwards pressure.

Gastrocnemius muscle stretch - This is done by placing the heel of the back leg on the floor and stretching forwards. Hold for 10 seconds, repeat 3 to 5 times and repeat the set 3 times a day. Gradually hold the stretch for longer (up to 45 seconds).

Soleus muscle stretch - In addition to the above stretch, this one will stretch the Soleus muscle that is located lower down in the back of the leg. The same principles apply, but it is important to bend the stretching leg at the knee. This takes the Gastrocnemius muscle that attaches above the knee out of the stretch.

Stretching on a step - Stretch by standing on the edge of a step and allowing the heel to drop. Hold for at least 15 seconds. You should feel a gentle stretch. Be careful not to over extend on this stretch.