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Extracorpeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a relatively new treatment modality used to treat chronic musculoskeletal pain. Foundation Podiatry in Townsville employ the Swiss Dolorclast ESWT, the industry leader for Shockwave Therapy.
Shockwave therapy is recommended for chronic soft tissue injuries, particularly those that have not responded to typical conservative treatment (ice, heat, stretching, strengthening, massage, supportive footwear, orthotics etc).
Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendon Pain
Until now, treatment for these recalcitrant injuries would normally involve extended periods of complete rest or immobilisation, cortisone injections and possible surgery. Shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis, foot spurs and Achilles tendon pain is now recommended before considering these treatments.
Are you considering shockwave therapy for Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles tendon pain? Contact us today to make an appointment.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
Shockwave therapy delivers low and high energy shock (acoustic) waves to the injured tissue via a hand-held probe. These non-invasive shockwaves activate the body’s self healing process to reduce pain by:
- Increasing metabolic activity through improved blood circulation and formation of new blood vessels
- Nurtures and accelerates the healing process through cell regeneration
- Stimulates nerves to help decrease sensitivity in the area of pain
- Break up calcification within tendons which is reabsorbed by body
- Also has an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect
Shockwave therapy is non-invasive, highly-effective, requires no anaesthesia and has no nasty side-effects. It is relatively pain-free and you can return to work straight after your treatment. Depending on your condition you may be able to continue to exercise whilst seeking treatment.
In most cases, 4 treatments placed 1-week apart will be required to successfully treat the majority of patients. A reduction in symptoms is often experienced after just 1 visit, however it is important to understand that the healing process continues for up to 6 weeks following the final treatment.
Want to learn more about Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis, foot spurs and Achilles tendon pain?
I have heel pain - I must have a heel spur!?
A very common question I get asked. Having heel pain does not necessarily mean you have a heel spur. Conversely, having a heel spur does not necessarily mean you will have heel pain. One study showed that 45% of the heels analysed were either painful with no plantar heel spur or had a plantar heel spur but were not painful.