‘Radial shockwave therapy is a proven effective alternative to traditional treatment methods for heel pain. The treatment is especially effective if the condition has been ongoing for longer than 6 months’
Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis (sometimes more appropriately called tendinopathy) are the two most common causes of heel pain. Common symptoms of these conditions are:
Tenderness under the heel/to the back of the heel
More pain first thing in a morning and after periods of rest
Sharp stabbing pains
When you have done lots of activity, a dull ache in the area
Tight calf/Achilles area
Stiffness to the ankle
These symptoms if left untreated can continue for months, and even years. These conditions worsen and the soft tissue weakens with time when not addressed – it is essential to start the recovery process as soon as possible for the best outcome and to be back to peak foot health.
THE GOOD NEWS!
Shockwave therapy can decrease healing times and rapidly give pain relief. It works by:
A projectile in the handset moves rapidly
This creates radial shockwaves at the end of the applicator
When applied to the skin over the affected area, this creates cavitation’s in the tissues
This repeated action prescribed to the individual increases blood flow to the area and aims to ensure the healing process occurs as expected (rather than remaining in a chronic state)
As a side effect, the area may be numb after treatment – an added temporary bonus!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Undergoing shockwave therapy requires correct initial diagnosis. If this treatment sounds like an excellent option for you, you can watch a video explaining the system by clicking HERE
To be assessed for shockwave, you can see one of our expert podiatrists for a heel ankle and foot pain assessment.
You can contact us via email: [email protected]
or phone on 01325 968035