Are 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, Sun City Center 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.