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How to treat Plantar Fasciitis with COMPEX?

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful injury often suffered by some runners

COMPEX You can treat this lesion by following this protocol

La Plantar fascia It is the thick tissue on the sole of the foot. This tissue connects the calcaneus to the fingers and creates the arch of the foot. When this tissue becomes inflamed or swollen, it is called plantar fasciitis.


Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue on the sole of the foot is stretched or overloaded too much. This can be painful and make walking more difficult.

You are more likely to have plantar fasciitis if:

  • You have problems with the arch of your foot.
  • Run long distances, downhill or on uneven surfaces.
  • Are obese or gain weight suddenly.
  • It has the Achilles tendon (the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel) tense.
  • Wear shoes with poor arch support or soft soles.
  • Change your activities

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Plantar fasciitis is observed in both men and women; However, it almost always affects active men between 40 and 70 years and is one of the most common orthopedic foot ailments.

Frequently, it was thought that plantar fasciitis was caused by a heel spur; However, research has determined that this is not the case. On radiographs, heel spurs are seen in people with and without plantar fasciitis.


The most common symptom is pain and stiffness in the lower heel. Pain there may be dull or sharp. The sole of the foot can also hurt or present with burning.

The pain is usually worse:

  • In the morning when you take the first steps.
  • After standing or sitting for a while.
  • When climbing stairs.
  • After intense activity.

Pain may appear slowly over time or appear suddenly after intense activity.

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Compex Treatment Plantar Fasciitis

The doctor usually recommends these measures first:

  • Stretching exercises of the heel and foot.
  • Night splints to wear while sleeping in order to stretch your foot.
  • Rest as much as you can for at least a week.
  • Wear shoes with good support and cushioning.

Other measures to relieve pain include:

  • Apply ice to the pain area. Do this at least twice a day for 10 to 15 minutes, most often in the first two days.
  • Rehearse with the use of an orthopedic heel pad, felt pads in the heel area or shoe insoles.

If these treatments do not work, the doctor may recommend:

  • Wearing a boot as a splint, which looks like a ski boot, for three to six weeks. It can be removed to take a shower.
  • Insoles for custom made shoes (orthopedic).
  • Steroid injections or heel injections.

With electrostimulation, the application of a TENS with the electrodes placed as follows:

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a) small electrode at internal malleolus level (space between Achilles tendon and maleolus)

b) large electrode (if there is a lot of pain) in the sole of the foot (under the calcaneus)

c) Intensity: to reach the tingling sensation.

d) Frequency: Tens 10 'rest program + Tens program every day for 5 days.

e) Apply from 5º day only once when there is pain.

The use of the Capillarization program can be interspersed if an increase in blood flow in the area is sought.

More information in the Official Page of COMPEX

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