Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
For Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinopathy
What is Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)?
ESWT stands for extracorporeal shockwave therapy. It is a procedure where shockwaves are passed through the skin to the injured part of the foot. The shockwaves are low-energy sound waves, which work by increasing blood flow to the injured area, increasing the presence of cells needed for healing and reducing pain by blocking local nerve endings. This speeds up your body’s healing process.
Why should I have Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave is an option for patients who have not responded to other therapies for plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinopathy. It is minimally invasive and is performed on an outpatient basis meaning you can go home after your treatment is completed. You will usually require a course of 3 treatments, 1 week apart.
What to expect with Shockwave Therapy?
During the treatment there may be slight pain or discomfort. Your treatment will be adjusted to help manage this. After the treatment is complete you will be able to return to work and normal activity. However, we advise you to not perform high-imapct, strenuous exercise for 48 hours.
Is Shockwave Therapy for everyone?
No. As with most treatments, shockwave therapy is not intended for everyone. It should not be used on: pregnant women, patients under 18 years of age, patients taking oral anticoagulants, blood clotting disorders, treatments over pre-ruptured tendons, treatment of tissue with local tumours or infection or over areas with a cortisone injection within last 6 weeks. However, it is a safe, effective and non-invasive treatment for plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinopathy with minimal side effects such as bruising or swelling. If you have questions about Shockwave Therapy please speak with our Chiropodist at your next appointment.