Upper Canada Sports Medicine


Plantar Fasciitis

Cost effectiveness

Upper Canada Sports Medicine uses the Electroacuscope as a daily use machine, we do not charge on top of your regular visit fee for the use of this wonderful technology. Many clinics do so but the clinic owner made a decision many years ago that the use of this technology was too important to assign an additional charge to such a needed therapeutic intervention.
Moderate cases of Plantar Fasciitis (pain less than 6 months) can expect to need 5-8 treatments. Severe cases (pain longer than 6 months but less than 3 years) may need 6-10 treatments.
Interventions such as cortisone injections have documented changes on the plantar fascia, such as thinning or weakening of the cross sectional structure of the Plantar Fascia. These injections may result in the need for more tissue building exercises without increasing the need of extra Acuscope or ultrasound treatment.

There has been an explosive use of ‘Shockwave’ therapy to treat Plantar Fasciitis. Early research does reveal that the treatment protocol does help with 3-6 treatments. It is recognized that the Shockwave or Extracorporeal Shockwave treatment is painful. The other downside is the cost. The use of this piece of equipment is not covered by OHIP and is therefore open to market forces. The machine itself is expensive, and therefore out of the reach of the many therapy centers. The average treatment is $150-200 per session. If all else fails, this is the last treatment before surgery. Surgery is effective at reducing the mechanical source of the pain but it also disrupts the natural biomechanics of the foot and the long term effects of such changes are not well documented as well.

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