When You Might Need Shockwave Treatment
By Ankle and Foot Institute
March 01, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Find out if shockwave therapy could be a good option for your heel pain.

Are you dealing with chronic heel pain? Not sure how to handle this issue or are you finding that self-care measures just aren’t enough? foot painThen it’s time to talk to our St. Louis podiatrist, Dr. Richard Wittock, about whether shockwave treatment could finally give you the relief you need.

What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)?

This non-invasive procedure performed right here in our office is designed to eliminate chronic heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. By applying high-intensity sound waves to the foot we can reduce both pain and inflammation in the tendon at the bottom of the foot. The shockwaves help to stimulate a natural healing respond in the affected tendon.

Who could benefit from ESWT?

This is a great option for someone dealing with severe, chronic or debilitating heel pain that hasn’t responded to other conservative treatments. Pain caused by plantar fasciitis and heel spurs respond best to ESWT.

Plantar fascia

ESWT can be a great treatment option because it boasts little to no side effects and can provide almost instant relief. However, some patients won’t actually experience the full results until a month or more later. But ESWT results can last forever.

Heel spur

Those patients with a variety of tendonitis conditions can also successfully treat their symptoms with this shockwave technology.

If your pain has lasted several months without responding to therapies like massage, splints, bracing, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications or stretching, it might be time to talk to your foot doctor in St. Louis about whether ESWT is right for you.

If you want to find out if shockwave treatment will give you the results you’ve been looking for then it’s time you scheduled an appointment with our foot experts in St. Louis, MO. Call Ankle and Foot Institute today!