Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain Relief

What are the treatments for Heel Pain?When you’re having heel pain, you’ll try anything to get rid of the pain. One technique that is rapidly gaining popularity today is shockwave therapy for heel pain.

This therapy works on the proven theory that creating micro-trauma on a cellular level causes the blood vessels and bone cells within your body to regenerate so that they heal faster. As such, it is a safe, non-invasive way to treat many chronic conditions.

What some people find funny is the paradox here that when you damage your foot, you actually heal it. The technique used here involves a series of movements that place tension on the area of your heel that’s causing the pain. Your technician then uses a shockwave hand piece transmitting shock waves to this area for four or five minutes.

These shocks feel like a small baseball bat that’s hitting your heel’s tissue causing the microbleeding and bruising that aren’t too painful and thus don’t require any anti-inflammatory drugs or icing. The bruising is actually a necessary part of the repair process that takes place over the next few months.

So, while the process is uncomfortable, it isn’t painful. Even the minimal amount of discomfort you feel diminishes as the treatment goes on. Therefore, there’s no reason you wouldn’t want to undergo the treatment again in the future. In fact, considering that you’ll experience between a 70% and 90% reduction in your pain, you’ll want to have at least three or four more treatments so that you can walk on your heels once again.

Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain Can Provide Welcome Relief to Many

Treatment for Heel Pain & Plantar FasciitisAre you one of the estimated 2 million people that frequently suffer from unbearable heel pain? Is your heel pain believed to be caused by plantar fasciitis or bone spurs? If so, it’s worth learning about shockwave therapy for heel pain.

Shockwave therapy has been used for decades by health care professionals from around the world for many different things. American podiatrists started using extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) to treat their patients in the early 2000s. It was around that time that the FDA approved the technology for the treatment of heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.

Since that time, Boston podiatrists have used ESWT to treat Achilles tendonitis, tenosynovitis, hammertoes and posterior tibial tendonitis too. Its effectiveness has also been studied by the health care community. The results of those studies were positive and published in various medical journals. The list of publications includes, but is not limited to, The American Journal of Sports Medicine and The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery.

Shockwave treatments tend to take place in a podiatry office setting. However, some podiatrists may opt to perform the shockwave treatment in an outpatient facility where he or she has ready access to local anesthetics.

How Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain Works

In the majority of instances, a podiatrist uses a special piece of equipment to complete the procedure in less than 30 minutes. The equipment generates high intensity sound waves which are aimed at the patient’s heel or other problematic area. The high intensity sound waves, in turn, help to break up the heel spurs that may be present and coax the body into repairing itself. The coaxing is achieved by stimulating the soft tissues, muscles and blood vessels in the impacted areas.

Because the treatment is non-invasive and doesn’t require general anesthesia, the amount of recovery time involved is very minimal. In most cases, the patient is able to resume all of his or her activities of daily living within 24 hours of receiving care.

To ask questions and learn more about shockwave therapy for heel pain, please contact our podiatry office today.

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