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By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
June 08, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shockwave Therapy  

If you have ever experienced heel pain, you probably understand the severity of the situation. Walking and even standing become more difficult, potentially hindering daily activities. However, heel pain is a treatable condition with help from your podiatrist and shockwave therapy. Find out more about shockwave therapy from your Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro, CA doctor.Heel Pain

What is shockwave therapy? 
Shockwave therapy uses a non-surgical approach to providing relief from and treating heel pain. Your doctor uses a special machine which sends high-pressure shockwaves through the skin to reduce inflammation of the tissues inside your foot. The shockwaves also help promote faster healing times by stimulating the body’s natural healing process. The procedure itself does not require anesthetic or medications. Typically, patients need three shockwave therapy sessions which last around 15 minutes each.

What does shockwave therapy treat? 
Shockwave therapy is a versatile procedure which treats many conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, calcium deposits called heel spurs and general heel pain. While most treatment plans begin with conservative treatments like icing and resting the affected foot and over-the-counter medications for pain and swelling, your Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro doctor may recommend shockwave therapy if these treatments fail to produce results.

What can shockwave therapy do for me? 
Shockwave therapy has a success rate of about 75%. Many patients notice results after the first session though the healing process continues for several months. Most patients find they have no side effects from shockwave therapy, though some people may notice a tingling, numb or warm sensation after their treatment, which diminishes quickly.

How can I prevent heel pain? 
Preventing heel pain is sometimes as easy as simply taking proper care of your feet. Wear the proper shoes for the activities in which you participate. Taping the foot also helps to align it into its proper position before activities such as running or sports. Your doctor may recommend prescription custom orthotics to help evenly distribute your body’s weight on your foot. Be sure to thoroughly stretch and warm up before workouts.

Relief could be simply a phone call away. For more information on shockwave therapy to treat heel pain, please contact Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad in Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro, CA. Call (510) 483-3390 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!

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