Shockwave Therapy is for great for treating long term heel, Achilles and tendon pain in patients for all ages. Watch the video below to learn a little more and read on for the finer details.
What is Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy is used to treat your long-standing tendon and muscle problems. We have a Radial Shockwave machine in the clinic which is perfect for treating your lower leg. It creates an acoustic shockwave that penetrates the body to provide many benefits.
These benefits include:
What conditions can it be use for?
This can be used on a range of soft tissue issues in the foot, but the ones we will be most commonly use the shockwave for will be:
Shockwave tends to work best on chronic pain (where the pain has been going on for longer than 6 weeks).
So how does it work
When you have an overuse injury, your tendon is often damaged because of microscopic tears which cause inflammation and sometimes scar tissue, adhesion or calcifications. This can restrict physiological function and eventually develops into pain. These kinds of conditions are often resilient to the body’s natural healing methods. With shockwave therapy treatment we deliver energy into the tissue, creating microscopic injuries and acute trauma in the tissue. This creates new blood vessels and activates the body’s natural healing.
Is the treatment painful
We are generally working on painful areas while performing the treatment, so it is expected that you will experience some pain during your treatment . The podiatrist will be working with you to ensure that the treatment works within your pain threshold by adjusting the pressure of the shockwaves.
What will you experience after the treatment
You will generally feel better straight after treatment. It is believed that shockwave has an analgesic effect for about 48 hours post procedure. Your pain may return over this period, we are looking for a gradual improvement in your overall pain over the course of your treatments
Are there side effects
Yes, there can be some side effects to treatment. These will generally appear with the first 2 days post treatment and fade within 3-5 days. These include:
Treatment will not be repeated with a patient until the side effects have subsided.
Are there any people that aren’t suitable for treatment
There are a small number of people that are not suitable for treatment
Is this a standalone treatment
No, this is a treatment modality to be added on to other treatments, e.g. if you have plantar heel pain (plantar fasciitis) they will still need to have other treatments like exercises, strapping and/or orthotics.
The number of session required
It normally take 3-6 sessions to achieve best results. We will be assessing how patients are going at the 3rd visit and deciding if they need another group of sessions.. These visits can occur between 5 – 10 days apart.