What is Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain?
Few ailments are more distressing than heel pain – especially when you live an active life and love being on your feet all day.
Every step can be torturous!
From the intense stabbing sensation of plantar fasciitis to the awful ache of Achilles tendonitis, the pain can put you out of action for weeks when left untreated. Even worse, traditional interventions for serious heel issues often involve surgery, which can lead to further risk and an even longer healing process.
Thankfully, shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis and heel pain offers a unique solution to the problem. If you’re struggling in this way and want to kick-start your recovery (without going under the knife), then it could be the answer to your prayers.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
The words “shockwave therapy” might fill your mind with images of electrical currents. But don’t worry, it’s something of a misnomer! This advanced treatment approach has nothing to do with electricity and actually involves high-energy acoustic pressure waves.
Or soundwaves, for short.
With the help of a clever piece of medical technology, the physician directs these soundwaves into the site of your pain to penetrate the affected tissue in your heel. In doing so, the therapy causes another minor injury to occur there.
How Does It Work?
The thought of re-injuring your painful heel might sound strange. But hear us out…
Remember, this treatment is generally for chronic conditions.
This means the cells that would typically facilitate healing in the event of an injury are no longer present and scar tissue has built up in their stead. By re-injuring the affected area, you can stimulate blood flow and trigger the body’s natural healing process to kick in once again.
For best results, we usually recommend having at least 5 treatments, with around 1 week between them. Sessions tend to last less than 20 minutes, although this can vary depending on the extent of the issue.