Many people don’t realize just how much their feet do for them on a daily basis until a problem develops. Day in and day out, our feet act as shock absorbers for everything from walking to jumping to playing sports. If you are dealing with chronic musculoskeletal foot pain that don’t seem to respond to conservative at-home treatments like icing, splinting or over-the-counter medications, it’s time to talk to us about whether extracorporeal shockwave therapy may finally give you the relief you’ve been looking for.
What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy?
This non-invasive, nonsurgical technique uses shockwaves to treat various muscular problems of the foot to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process to speed up healing. It is believed that this therapy actually helps increase blood flow to these damaged areas to promote faster tissue and muscle repair.
What conditions can shockwave therapy treat?
Shockwave therapy is often recommended to those people suffering from chronic cases of Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. This treatment is most commonly used on people who are dealing with persistent or severe heel pain that doesn’t respond to other treatment options.
However, shockwave therapy should not be used on patients who have neuropathy or loss of sensation in their feet, as well as those who suffer from seizures or a heart condition. We will discuss your full medical history during your evaluation to make sure that this procedure is right for you.
What happens during the procedure?
A probe is placed on the skin, where an electrical charge will begin creating shockwaves over the areas that are causing pain. There are two types of shockwave therapies: high-energy and low-energy. High-energy waves may require a patient to receive a local anesthetic prior to the procedure, while low-energy waves are often more popular because this can be done without anesthesia and patients can easily instruct us as to the exact areas of pain to provide more effective relief.
What should I expect after treatment?
Many patients are able to bear weight on the foot right after their therapy. However, you should avoid any strenuous physical activity for a couple of weeks. We will provide you with detailed information about which activities are safe and which ones you should avoid during the healing process.
If you want to find out how extracorporeal shockwave therapy could improve your foot pain, then it’s time you scheduled a consultation at our podiatry office in Los Gatos, CA by calling (510) 483-3390.