How can Shockwave Therapy help you?
Shockwave therapy is a relatively new technology used in podiatry to treat chronic pain. Shockwave treatment can be up to 80% effective in reducing chronic pain and related symptoms. It has been well utilised in sports medicine for over 10 years, and has been the centre of many clinical studies. Conditions regularly treated with shockwave therapy include heel pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and achilles tendonitis.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is the application of high energy Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT) waves through the skin to accelerate the healing process, reduce pain and promote tissue repair. Treatment usually lasts just a few minutes and reduced pain is usually described straight after treatment (short term effect), and throughout the following days, improvement in pain is noted (long term effect).
Shockwave therapy has no negative side effects and is a non-invasive treatment.
Shockwave therapy can also be used to treat other pathologies such as: Ganglion cysts and Morton’s Neuroma.
As well as Shockwave therapy, we also utilise therapeutic ultrasound and Laser treatment for acute and sub-acute injury management.
Plantar fasciitis is a very common foot complaint. It is inflammation of the ligament under your foot, which runs from the base of the heel to the forefoot. Pain can be experienced at the heel and also along the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is usually caused from incorrect footwear, poor biomechanics (such as flat feet) and overuse. Left untreated, plantar fasciitis can become worse, causing more pain and disability. Treatment can involve anti-inflammatory exercises and massage, footwear education, strapping, dry needling, foot orthoses and many others.
A heel spur is a calcium deposit that develops at the base of the heel over time. A heel spur can irritate the soft tissue structures around the heel and cause pain, swelling and inflammation. Heel spurs are commonly caused by improper footwear, poor biomechanics and excessive body weight. Heel spurs are usually diagnosed using plain film x-rays. Treatment usually involves reduction of inflammation and attention to causative factors such as footwear or biomechanics.
The Achilles tendon runs at the posterior of the heel and is an extension of the calf muscle. Achilles tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon is overloaded and becomes inflamed and sometimes torn. Usually pain is experienced at the back of the heel, and wearing flat shoes can aggravate the problem. Treatment usually involves anti-inflammatory methods as well as addressing causative factors such as poor footwear or biomechanics or poor training techniques.
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