If you have an active job that keeps you on your toes (and heels) all day, like sales or serving in restaurants, or if you’re a runner, it’s highly likely that you have experienced some sort of heel pain before.
And the truth is that you’re not alone.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) conducted a study that revealed that 77% of Americans (18 and up) suffer from some form of foot pain. If you’re constantly dealing with chronic heel pain, there is a likely culprit.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the leading causes of heel and foot pain, with over 2 million Americans seeking treatment for it each year, and up to 10% of the population experiencing it in some form in their lifetime .
It is a condition that is caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot, and connects your heel bone to your toes.
Your plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot and absorbs shocks from walking and running. If there is too much tension and stress on your plantar fascia, it may experience tearing and stretching which could lead to irritation and inflammation.
While plantar fasciitis may sometimes go away on its own, there may be severe consequences for leaving your feet untreated. In more severe cases, plantar fasciitis may result in heel bone fractures or even nerve entrapment where a nerve loses mobility and flexibility. Either of these could cause chronic or acute pain and could be debilitating enough to stop one from working.
Treatments can be classified into two main categories
∘ Surgical Treatments
∘ Non-operative Treatments
Let’s discuss each of these treatment options in greater detail.
One of the most common surgical procedures is the open plantar fascia release method, which involves a surgical cutting of part of the plantar fascia. By partially cutting it, the surgeon releases tension and allows the tendon to lengthen.
However, this option is not without drawbacks. They include creating large wounds in your feet, having a long post-operation recovery time, and potential occurrence of complex regional pain syndrome. To make matters worse, some patients still experience on-going pain even after the surgery. Although plantar fascia release under arthroscopy can minimize the wound, the postoperative satisfaction rate remains haphazard at 50-95% [8, 9]
Thus, surgery should only be used as a last resort for most people, due to its higher cost and risk of complications.
Medications can include both Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and steroids. While NSAIDs may increase pain relief and decrease disability in patients with plantar fasciitis , they may cause certain side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, gastric pain and renal damage .
The injection of steroids is another common treatment option for plantar fasciitis. While many do get significant pain relief from it, others warn that steroid treatment may cause plantar fascia rupture .
Resting is one of the most commonly used treatments for plantar fasciitis. However, a study found that only 25% of patients experience effective improvement after resting, suggesting that it does not conduce healing .
Resting is also not an option for many people, especially if it involves having to take a break from work for extended periods of time.
Physical therapy can include anything from stretching exercises to foot massages. Physical therapy treatment can alleviate heel pain as they serve to loosen the plantar fascia ligament and help prevent further stress and inflammation that cause foot pain.
A study has reported successful improvements in heel pain in 83% of patients who utilized stretching exercises and physical therapy as part of their recovery and treatment routine .
However, one of the biggest drawbacks to stretching exercises is that they are a little difficult and troublesome to perform, as they may involve various tools & equipment such as towels and foam rollers and may require the patient to continuously exert force to their foot for extended periods of time. This may cause the patient to skip sessions when they are feeling unmotivated or lazy.
Massages are another effective form of therapeutic intervention for plantar fasciitis. They are being embraced by the medical community because they are non-pharmacological and non-surgical treatments that are economical and easy to carry out with few side effects.
One study concluded that manual therapy was particularly effective in treating plantar fasciitis, and was either more effective or just as effective, in comparison to other modes of therapy including stretching, strengthening and other modalities . Another study conducted in 2018 concluded that soft tissue mobilization via manual therapy was effective in treating plantar heel pain .
However, having access to a massage therapist 24/7 is not feasible and can also be very costly, with each therapy session costing over $100.
Fortunately, there is a better alternative…
With the comforts of our modern lives largely being influenced by automation and machinery, it was only a matter of time before someone invented a device that could automate a massage therapist’s job.
The first massage gun was believed to have been invented by Dr Jason Wersland slightly over a decade ago, but has only entered mainstream consciousness in recent years.
And more and more people all around the world are starting to hop onto the “massage gun hype train” for good reason - It simply works.
Massage guns such as HYDRAGUN utilize percussive therapy to provide a deep-tissue massage, which can help to loosen fascia and provide pain relief, making it the ultimate tool for helping with pain management for all sorts of medical conditions such as plantar fasciitis.
And the main benefits of using massage guns for plantar fasciitis treatment is that they are convenient and easy to use, making it extremely easy to incorporate them as part of your recovery and treatment routine.
When choosing a massage gun, there are two key things to look out for.
Strength of Massage Gun
The strength of a massage gun is dictated by its amplitude and its percussions-per-minute. With a 12 mm amplitude and a max speed of up to 3200 PPM, HYDRAGUN is able to give its users a deep-tissue massage unlike any other.
And with 6 different attachment heads (including the bullet head which is very suitable for massaging the tiny bones on one’s feet), HYDRAGUN is one of the best treatment options out there in the market that is affordable and convenient.
Another often overlooked aspect of massage guns is their quietness. HYDRAGUN is the quietest massage gun in the market, with a range of approximately 50 dB. And it is able to keep its noise level to a minimum, with its SmoothDriveTM technology and its space-grade aluminium shell which is able to insulate sound effectively.
Many people do enjoy using their massage guns while watching TV in the living room, or in front of the computer desk. And many of the other massage guns in the market out there produce a loud jarring sound that can be very counterproductive to work or relaxation.
But of course, don’t take our word for it.
Our Customer Care team at HYDRAGUN started reaching out to some of our existing customers to receive feedback on how we could improve on our product and also learn more about our customers’ needs.
Here’s what one satisfied customer had to say about his experience with using HYDRAGUN to deal with plantar fasciitis
Toby is an avid runner who has been suffering from Plantar Fasciitis for the past few years. He explains that he would experience a sharp pain in his feet and would find it difficult to bend his ankles the morning after each run.
His wife Belle got him HYDRAGUN as a gift, to help him with his pain management. We did a zoom interview with Toby and here’s what the couple had to say about their experience:
Toby really enjoys running but was forced to cut down on the frequency of his weekly runs to twice a week, as the pain in his feet would be unbearable at times. Prior to using HYDRAGUN, Toby was applying traditional Chinese medicated ointment to his feet to ease the pain. It provided temporary relief but the pain would return soon after. The ointment also had a strong unpleasant smell, which Belle did not like.
After he started using HYDRAGUN everyday as part of his recovery and pain management regime, he found that he was able to run on consecutive days after a foot massage. Prior to this, he would often have to wait several days for the pain to go away before he could go for another run.
Toby’s HYDRAGUN recovery routine usually starts in the evening and spans a total of 15-30 min, where he would start massaging his heels and go down all the way to the bottom of his feet.
Chen check out what some of our other satisfied customers have to say about HYDRAGUN
"Great for relieving body pain after long walks at the mall. Especially in the back, calves, and soles of the feet. Very relaxing massage before going to sleep."
Super Good - My Husband Loves it
"My husband loves to run and he always has pains on his heels. Every night he needs to massage with his hands (even our massage chair doesn’t really provide a targeted massage to his certain area).
After I got this for him, he uses it everyday! This not only helps in his muscle recovery faster but also help to give a targeted massage to his heels which he feel much more lesser pain in the morning. Thank u!"
Best experience ever!!
"First of all, we are loving the hydra gun - it’s versatility and effectiveness are great in working on slight, temporary niggles to more chronic issues that flare up and need immediate work. But then, as if that wasn’t enough, we mispaced the charger and I couldn’t find a replacement anywhere online. So I emailed them to see where I could find one, and they sent me one immediately!! The most incredibe customer service I’ve seen from any organization in a long time. Cannot recommend them highly enough!"
My new 2nd best friend...
"Well... my wife is still No. 1 on the list but I am so impressed with the Hydragun.
I ordered the Hydragun to aid my recovery from DOMS when I returned to playing badminton again after a ten year layoff. Prior to ordering I had terrible muscle soreness from one week to the next after playing, especially on my calves and achilles tendons. Now, using the various Hydragun attachments I’m pretty good for another game after a couple of days (1 days rest after playing). I use the Hydragun when I get home from the club, have a hot shower and do a bit of stretching and the difference I feel the next day is amazing (I could hardly walk the next day previously). Also, it’s so quiet... this was one of the reasons I bought it in the first place. I can sit next to my No. 1 best friend and massage away quietly while watching TV. It doesn’t impact on the viewing one little bit and it feels just great on my sore muscles after exercising."
FATIMA BINTE Oli Mohamad
Hydragun my saiour
"I had a history of falls. This resulted in a tear in my spine. I had this annoying nerve aching on my left leg. My friend recommended a chiropractor. I noticed he used a massage gun. It works for me. My son who accompanied me to the chiropractor mentioned about the massage gun. So I decided to invest in it. I usually used it on my elbows to upper arm. Neck and shoulder. My daughter will help me with my back and back of legs. Instant relief. Very happy and thinking of bringin it for traveling. Only setback that it stops after 10 mins. Not sure why. I already charged 6 hours before using."
Great recovery gun
"I have been trying to stay active and it comes with a cost - physical pain. Hydragun helped a lot in easing up muscle stiffness and relieves soreness instantly after few seconds. I now become dependent on it and the best investment thus far. Not to mention, it is very quiet I could barely hear the motor until speed 3! See for yourselt."
"It’s one of the most powerful guns I’ve used in the market. If not the most powerful I’ve ever used. Hope it has the reliability to match the power and last me for years,"
Author: Gary B
Senior Content Writer
DISCLAIMER: This article is not meant to be taken as medical advice. When in doubt, consult a medical professional.
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