What You Need To Know about Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain

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If you have heel pain as a result of inflammation (Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles Tendonitis), you know how debilitating it can be. Just getting around can be difficult.

You need to know there are treatments available to end your chronic heel pain!

At-home treatments should be done at the first sign of heel pain. These include:

  • Wearing supportive shoes such as athletic shoes
  • Icing your heel
  • Stretching your Achilles tendon
  • Massaging your heel
  • Not going barefoot

If you’ve tried these at-home treatments for several weeks and still have pain, it’s time to see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may find that your best line of treatment is shockwave therapy.

But what is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive procedure using acoustic waves to carry kinetic energy to painful tissue. Compressed air is used to create the acoustic waves by way of an external applicator.

  • It’s an evidence-based therapy clinically proven to work.
  • It’s a nonsurgical therapy with no need for pain killers.
  • It reliefs pain fast and restores mobility.
  • It stimulates collagen production & promotes new blood vessel formation.
  • It reverses chronic inflammation.

What Can I Expect When Getting Shockwave Therapy?

  • The procedure lasts only a few minutes.
  • There could be a feeling of discomfort, but patients report that the discomfort is well tolerated. The intensity can be adjusted as needed. Discomfort is largely due to the area being painful in general.
  • You’ll likely have relief after the very first treatment! But you’ll need a few treatments to fully reverse the chronic inflammation.

If you’ve struggled finding relief from heel pain using other treatments, try shockwave therapy! It has a high rate of success, and it should most certainly be tried before considering surgery or any prolonged use of pain killers.

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