What Does Shockwave Therapy Treat?

by | Mar 28, 2017

At Premier Podiatry Group, we are proud to offer state-of-the-art treatment options to help you overcome foot and ankle pain and get back to your favorite activities in the shortest amount of time. Which treatment we use will depend on the specific condition that is affecting you. If you have pain or discomfort in a soft tissue—like your plantar fascia or Achilles tendon—we may include shockwave therapy as part of your treatment plan.

Before we note the conditions shockwave therapy treats, let’s take a quick look at what this form of treatment actually is. Based on the name, it’s likely you might have a misconception that it requires electrical shocks, but this is not the case!

Basically, shockwave therapy uses high-energy sound waves that are applied with a special applicator that can penetrate beneath the layers of skin and other body tissue to induce stimulation in the cells of damaged tissue. This causes increased cell metabolism and blood flow to the affected area, which then enhances the body’s natural healing processes at the cellular level. This leads to quicker regeneration of the damaged tissue, which means you heal faster.

Shockwave therapy has been found to be quite beneficial and decrease pain in connective tissue disorders and injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Essentially, most soft tissue injuries may be a candidate for this particular technology. Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis happen to be two of the more common conditions needing care.

We may elect to start your particular heel pain treatment with more traditional measures (RICE therapy, stretches, custom orthotics), but we also might recommend shockwave therapy as a viable alternative to surgery if you still have unresolved pain.

Treatment sessions typically last around 5 to 10 minutes, and have few side effects (with many patients reporting none at all). There’s a chance you may notice some slight bruising or a few purple spots. Localized swelling, tingling, and even numbness are other possible side effects, but these typically resolve rather quickly and without any problems when they do present themselves.

If you want to learn more about shockwave therapy, or any of the comprehensive foot and ankle services we offer, simply give us a call at (814) 472-2660. Our staff will be glad to answer any questions you might have and help schedule your appointment with us. If you’d prefer, you can also request an appointment with Premier Podiatry Group online right now.