Get rid of chronic or severe heel pain for good with one non-invasive therapy.
Are you dealing with heel pain that just won’t quit? If so, your Huntington podiatrist may have already told you that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, a common foot condition responsible for heel pain. This foot ailment results in inflammation in the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs the length of the foot from the toes to the back of the heel. If you’ve tried everything from prescription pain medications to orthotics and still haven’t found relief, then it’s time to find out about Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).
What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy?
This non-invasive technique uses shock waves to treat a variety of different soft tissue problems including Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and even tennis elbow.
What should I expect when I get extracorporeal shockwave therapy?
This outpatient procedure requires us to apply an electrode to the skin, where an electrical charge then sends shockwaves to the problem areas. These shockwaves are enough to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. Some people may experience some pain or discomfort during the procedure and may require a local anesthesia. One or more treatment sessions may be necessary depending on the severity of your symptoms.
Who shouldn’t get extracorporeal shockwave therapy in Huntington?
Those who have neuropathy, loss of sensation or even hypersensitivity in the region they want to treat are not good candidates for this type of therapy. Patients should not have a history of seizures or other heart conditions. Patients who are pregnant should also avoid shockwave therapy. Talk to your Huntington podiatrist about any health conditions you may have before you start treatment.
When will I notice an improvement in my heel pain?
Many patients are able to bear weight on the foot immediately after treatment. We may recommend that you limit your physical activity for a week or two after your therapy. You may also experience instant relief after your therapy; however, others may not see a decline in their pain until one to three months afterwards.
If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis and haven’t found relief, then it’s time to find out if extracorporeal shockwave therapy is right for you. Schedule an appointment today with your Huntington podiatrist at Associated Podiatrists.