Plantar Fasciitis Treatments

Why Do I have Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a painful swelling of the thick tissue at the base of the foot, called the plantar fascia. It causes pain whenever a person tries to walk, especially in the morning. This can be very distressing and severely affect a person’s life.

Plantar fascitis can affect people of all ages but is more common with increased age where there is reduced elasticity of the plantar fascia and reduced padding of heel.

The plantar fascia becomes prone to injuries after repetitive stress from walking and exercises, causing swelling and pain in the heel.

Some foot conditions such as flat feet and high arched feet also make a person prone to suffer from plantar fascitis. Plantar fasciitis is seen commonly in athletes as well as in people with uncomfortable footwear.

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Do I Need To Do an X-ray or MRI?

With a good history and clinical examination, most doctors are able to make a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis.
X-rays are sometimes useful for assessing the severity of the condition and to exclude a plantar calcaneal (heel) spur.
In most patients, MRIs are usually not necessary in the early stages unless other underlying conditions are suspected.

How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?

Some self help measures that can help include:

  • Avoid walking bare foot and on hard surfaces
  • Stretching exercises of the calf muscle
  • Use of good footwear and insoles
  • Freeze a golf ball and roll it under your foot
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Most doctors can offer anti-inflammatory medications and possibly a steroidal injections which can help in some cases.

Physiotherapy is another well accepted option.
Using techniques such as manual therapy, stretches and muscle strengthening exercises, it can have a good result in many patients.

Why Are My Treatments Not Working?

While treatments of plantar fasciitis can be very effective, patients may experience problems such as:

    • The inflammation is too severe
    • Thickened scar tissue might have developed., especially if your pain has been present for more than a few months.
    • You are unable to rest sufficiently because of work or sports training activity

In very severe cases, surgery might be a recommended option.
In most other cases, even where pain and stiffness are severe or have been present for a long time, there are multiple non-surgical options that a patient should first consider.
As surgery can have significant risks and cost, it is important to discuss the potential benefits expected in detail with your doctor.

What New Treatment Options Can The Pain Relief Clinic Offer For My Plantar Fasciitis?

At The Pain Relief Clinic, we adopt a biomedical targeted approach that addresses the underlying causes of Plantar Fasciitis.
This allows us to provide treatment strategy using medical technology in a comprehensive and cost-effective way.

Depending on the severity of your condition, some of the useful options that can give very good results include:

      • Dietary Correction
      • Non-Invasive Indiba Therapy
      • Shockwave Therapy


In particular, Shockwave Therapy is an internationally established method of treating plantar fasciitis pain and inflammation through stimulating tissue repair.

Employing high energy acoustic waves, shockwave induces new blood vessel growth and tissue regeneration.

Although introduced to Singapore for well over a decade as one of the best treatment options available for pain relief, its use has up till recently been limited by the small number of doctors offering this option.

Treatment with earlier generation shockwave machines were also quite painful, usually requiring local anesthesia.

They were also very costly devices resulting in expensive treatments, which not many patients could afford.

Fortunately medical technology research in recent years has resulted in new devices which provide much more comfortable treatments and no longer require any local anesthesia injections.

They have also dramatically brought down treatment costs and made shockwave very affordable to patients with plantar fasciitis.
Clinical studies have demonstrated extremely high success rates, especially in cases which have failed to respond to other approaches.

What sets this treatment apart from traditional treatments is that it treats the musculoskeletal pathology instead of just offering symptomatic relief.

Approved by the US FDA and EU CE marked, the German Shockwave technology offered at The Pain Relief Clinic is recognized by doctors around the world.

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, or if your condition has not improved despite other treatments, we are able to help.

Simply call us at +65 6732 2397

or leave a message below for Dr Tan to discuss a customized non-invasive solution for you.

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  • How diet and nutrition can be essential for a full recovery
  • How exercises can be helpful and why they sometimes make you worse
  • Simple self treatments that work
  • Common mistakes that could be preventing you from getting better
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Dr. Terence Tan

MBBS(Singapore), GDFM


Pain Association of Singapore,

Singapore Medical Association

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