Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis (Chronic Heel Pain)

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the bottom of the foot from the heel bone to the toes, and could be very painful. It is common in runners, pregnant women, and others who overuse their feet. Plantar fasciitis treatment options usually include medication, physical therapy, and surgery, but for those people these options failed, there is a non-invasive and more effective treatment option – extracorporeal shockwave therapy.

Currently, shockwave therapy is the only technology approved by the FDA to treat plantar fasciitis.   Shockwave therapy uses high-intensity sound waves to interact with heel tissues in order to reverse chronic inflammation.

In a study conducted by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, researchers have found that low energy shock waves are not only effective for treating heel and ankle pain, but possibly for other parts of the body too, such as hips, knees, tennis elbows, for shoulder tendonitis and muscle spasms and strains.

Benefits of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

  • Each session takes just 5 to 10 minutes, and most people require just 4 to 6 sessions. For those people with little time to spare for going to the doctor, these sessions could fit into a lunch break.
  • Many patients feel relief in their heels after just 1 treatment.
  • Some shockwave therapy patients experience only slight discomfort for only a few minutes, depending on their conditions, a lot more tolerable than surgical options.
  • Shockwave therapy does not require x-rays drugs, is non-invasive and does not require anesthesia.

Results vary for individuals. However, the treatment has been shown as very effective in clinical trials around the world. To learn more about extracorporeal shockwave therapy and whether it could help you with chronic heel pain, contact Manhattan Footcare today.

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