Severe foot pain can be very debilitating. After all, it can make even the simplest of tasks difficult to perform and lead to discomfort from when you get up in the morning to when you go to bed. If you are suffering, you will be looking for solutions and, ideally, something that is non-invasive. The good news is that shockwave therapy may be the answer, but what is involved if you've never heard of this?
Radial Pressure Waves Therapy
Podiatrists now have access to several different types of shockwave therapy for a number of conditions, such as Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. One such solution involves radial pressure waves in a technique that was originally used to treat kidney stones.
Course of Treatment
This is a safe, effective, non-invasive treatment to treat chronic soft tissue issues. The patient will typically require several sessions, but it is possible to get some relief after just one visit. Each visit should only last a matter of minutes, and the treatment is simple to administer. The shockwave therapy also stimulates collagen production to help with general mobility.
Some people use this approach to try and revive any previous treatment due to long-standing conditions or injuries. It can help to disintegrate any tendon calcifications and stimulate regeneration while encouraging the formation of new blood vessels in the area.
Some patients report a limited number of side effects, and it's important to be aware of that possibility. However, these are generally mild and tolerable; any initial pain should dissipate within hours of the treatment. You might also notice a small amount of swelling or mild bruising at the treatment site.
How the Process Works
When you get to the treatment room, the clinician will apply a small amount of ultrasound gel to the injured area. They will then place a special handpiece on top of the gel, allowing them to administer the treatment. Pulses of shockwave energy will be generated by compressed air, which may either generate tenderness or no pain. The practitioner can adjust the pulse's intensity and settings if you prefer.
A Better Solution
In the past, doctors may have advised surgery to try and alleviate the worst cases of Achilles tendonitis, but shockwave therapy is a much simpler and certainly less invasive option. So, if you've had enough of your foot pain and want to return your life to some sense of normality, get in touch with your podiatrist today. They will discuss your case and advise a course of action.
Contact a podiatrist to learn more about shockwave therapy.