Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), in spite of the “shock” part of its name, is not some kind of electrical treatment method. Rather, this advanced therapy uses high-energy sound waves.
The energy waves are produced by a generator that initiates electrical charges in a reflective water chamber and transmits them through a cable to the area being treated. These high energy sound waves penetrate beneath your skin to stimulate the cells of the damaged tissue. Your body’s natural healing processes are enhanced by the increased cell metabolism and blood flow from the energy waves, which results in quicker regeneration.
The treatment has been found to reduce pain in tendon and ligament disorders such as Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Your heel pain treatment probably began with more conservative measures, such as RICE therapy, stretches, and use of custom orthotics. However, if you still struggle with unresolved pain in your heels after months of such therapy, ESWT can be a viable alternative before resorting to the final remedy of surgery.
The ESWT session lasts 5 to 10 minutes, and has few side effects when administered by our highly trained professionals. You may notice a few purple spots or bruising from a small amount of bleeding just under the skin. Localized swelling could occur, as well as a tingling feeling, or slight numbness. These will usually resolve without problems.
When you experience pain or discomfort in your lower limbs or knees from hiking or running, but are not sure why it is happening, take a look at your feet. If you have either high arches or flat feet—and many people have one or the other—the condition is going to affect your biomechanics when you walk and run. The good news about this is that we may be able to help!
If you are having pain in the lower limbs (or even further up in the body), there’s a chance you might benefit from custom orthotics to get you back on the trails pain-free.
A pair of custom orthotics will help correct your biomechanics so that your feet go through a proper rolling motion with every step you take. This will have a positive impact on the rest of your body, especially your knees. Now, before you go out and purchase a pair of inserts over the counter or from a department store, it is important to note that they are not customized to your specific body. A better move is coming in and seeing us at Premier Podiatry Group and having your feet measured for a custom fit.
In addition to correcting high or low arches, orthotics are used to treat a variety of other ailments, as well. So if you have Morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis, or even bunions, we can potentially treat these other conditions with the use of orthotics, too.
Since ultrasound is both fast and inexpensive, it’s a helpful tool to have when seeing patients who suffer from common foot and ankle disorders.
This technology is useful for diagnosing and visualizing connective tissue (ligaments, tendons) injuries and conditions, such as tendinitis and tendon tears. Additionally, disorders in the Achilles tendon, ankle ligaments, and other tendons (including peroneal tendons) are more easily diagnosed and tracked by using ultrasound machines.
Ultrasound also helps immensely by enabling us to view and track the progress of plantar fasciitis treatment.
Our podiatrists can use ultrasound in real-time mode as tool to ensure injections are guided into specific areas. This is particularly helpful when needing to inject medication into difficult-to-reach joints, plantar fascial insertions, or inflamed soft-tissue areas, like neuromas or bursae.
Advanced Treatment for Foot and Ankle Problems
Advanced treatment options tend to have less risk and are not as intrusive as surgery – which means no needles, anesthetics, or scars to worry about. (Of course, when surgery is the best option for resolving the problem, you can take comfort in the fact you are in highly-skilled and experienced hands!)
If you have pain in your foot and ankle, and are not finding appropriate relief from conservative treatment, one of our state-of-the-art options may help improve your situation. Call (814) 472-2660 and speak with one of our friendly staff members, or connect with Premier Podiatry Group online right now to start heading down the path to the pain relief you’re seeking.