Having advised patients on treatments for plantar fasciitis and hearing their stories of limited success, I came across studies on a machine developed by an orthopedic surgeon in Switzerland. The machine was showing significant promise in treating heel pain. Excited by the positive results, our clinic acquired the machine and began administering treatment to some of our current patients. The outcomes surpassed any other treatments we had previously suggested, and the best part was the simplicity of the procedure.

If you’re seeking a solution to your chronic heel pain, we invite you to call our office for a consultation. We would be delighted to help you find relief and improve your quality of life.

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What is Shockwave Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition characterized by inflammation of the fascia or band of tissue on the bottom of the foot. This tissue connects the heel bone to the toes and is often damaged due to overstretching or overuse, resulting in inflammation. The condition causes severe heel or foot pain, typically worse in the morning. Traditional treatments for plantar fasciitis have included rest, anti-inflammatory medication, stretching, bracing, and, in some cases, surgery. However, these treatments often yield less-than-desirable results. In recent years, shockwave or pressurewave therapy has emerged as a non-invasive and often successful method of treatment for plantar fasciitis and other soft tissue injuries, significantly reducing pain. Shockwave or pressurewave treatment involves the application of energy waves directly to the heel of the foot. These acoustic waves pass through the tissue, stimulating blood flow and promoting healing in the inflamed area.

The Procedure For Shockwave Or Pressurewave Treatment Of Plantar Fasciitis

Shockwave therapy is performed on an outpatient basis and is non-invasive, meaning there are no injections, medications, or incisions involved. During the procedure, your medical history will be reviewed to ensure the suitability of this treatment for you. You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks and sit or lie down with your foot supported by a pillow. Ultrasound gel will be applied to the area, and a handheld probe will deliver compressed air pulses to the heel, stimulating healing. The procedure typically takes around 10 minutes per foot. While you may experience some discomfort as the pulse waves penetrate the tissue around your heel, many individuals report relief even after just one session. However, it may take several weeks or months to experience the full benefits. Depending on the severity of the plantar fasciitis, you may need to return for two to five additional sessions, typically spaced one week apart. Following the treatment, you can resume walking and normal activities immediately. You will be provided with simple post-treatment care instructions to prevent further complications.

Is Shockwave Or Pressurewave Treatment Effective?

Shockwave treatment is considered safe, can help people with plantar fasciitis avoid surgery, and is FDA approved. A meta-analysis of multiple studies in 2020 suggests that shockwave therapy (or Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy – ESWT) is most effective at reducing symptoms, according to a 2017 research study. In general, shockwave therapy is believed to provide symptom relief in 44% to 80% of individuals who receive the treatment. Many people who have undergone treatment report a dramatic decrease in symptoms, which is further supported by various case studies. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for a consultation today. We look forward to assisting you on your journey towards finding lasting relief from chronic heel pain.

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