Are you affected by chronic foot pain? Do you often feel pain when running or jogging?
Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive podiatric treatment option for patients with plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. Plantar fasiitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tissue that connects the heel to toe bones. Tendonitis is the inflammation of tendons in the foot.
These conditions can make it difficult to run, jog, walk, or even stand. Our professional team and doctors at Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists want to help patients with these conditions treat their chronic pain, and as a result, regain their independence with shockwave therapy.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy uses pressure waves to deliver a mechanical force to the body’s tissues which allow them to heal. Our patients may find that shockwave therapy can benefit them in many other ways while also relieving their chronic foot pain.
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
There are multiple benefits that shockwave therapy offers our patients:
- No significant side effects
- Safe for patients
- No patient restrictions
- No anesthesia is needed
- No injections are needed
This method of therapy not only treats patients with foot pain, but is also effective in treating tissue, tendon, and muscle problems in different areas of the body. In addition, shockwave therapy can be an effective cosmetic and aesthetic treatment.
Shockwave Therapy Treatment
Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists is the only practice that offers shockwave therapy to patients in the Newtown, PA area. We pride ourselves on being the forefront of treatment technology for feet, ankles, and legs. Prior to your shockwave therapy treatment, one of our doctors will give you a consultation and assessment. We want to ensure that your choice aligns with your budget and goals. Our foot and ankle specialists will work with you to find the best option possible.
During treatment, high pressure waves will be sent to your foot with a transmitting device. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy induces a micro trauma to the affected tissue. This micro trauma begins a healing response in the body, causing blood vessel formation. The body then signals for increased blood flow to tissue in the feet. The shockwave therapy treatment process is quick and takes about 10 to 20 minutes to complete.
Shockwave Therapy FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about extracorporeal shockwave therapy below:
Is shockwave therapy painful?
Our goal is to make the shockwave therapy treatment process as comfortable as possible for our patients. Although some patients may feel a slight pain or tingling after treatment, this should fade over time.
Is extracorporeal shockwave therapy the same as an ultrasound?
Therapeutic ultrasounds deliver continuous low energy waves to an effected area. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy machines send higher energy pulses which are as frequent as 2 or 3 per second.
What should you not do after Shockwave therapy?
After shockwave therapy patients are told to avoid any strenuous activity for at least 24 hours, regardless of pain levels. Patients should avoid physical exercise including running, hiking, etc.
How often can you do shock wave therapy?
Most patients require shockwave treatment 3-5 times. After each session patients should take a break for 3-10 days before undergoing another treatment. This gives tissue time to respond between treatments.
What are the side effects of shockwave therapy?
The most common side effects of shockwave therapy are bruising and inflammation. This should go away before undergoing any further treatment.
Get Treatment with Shockwave Therapy
Do you think you may have plantar fasciitis or tendonitis? Call the expert doctors at Newtown Foot and Ankle at 215.234.3772. You can also schedule an appointment with our specialists online today. We will work with you to find a treatment option that best suits your needs.