To learn if shockwave therapy is right for you and your feet, set an appointment at the AFACC podiatry clinic nearest to you or fill out the form to the left. For more information about shockwave therapy, read below.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is a high energy system that provides a non-invasive surgical alternative for patients diagnosed with severe heel pain from plantar fasciitis. During shockwave therapy, a medical device permits shockwaves (similar to those used to treat kidney stones) to increase blood flow and stimulate healing of the affected heel. Extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed that this procedure is very safe and efficient.
Shockwave Therapy has been proven to be effective over 80% of the time with only one treatment. Some patients report immediate pain relief after treatment, although it can take up to 4 weeks for pain relief to begin.
Is Shockwave Therapy Right for Me?
The podiatrists and surgeons of AFACC recommend shockwave treatment for patients who have experienced chronic plantar fasciitis for six months or more, and who have tried at least three other non- surgical treatments without success.
What to Expect During Treatment
Shockwave Therapy usually takes about 30 minutes, and is performed as an outpatient procedure – no overnight hospital stay is necessary.
The shockwave therapy may cause some pain or discomfort, so an anesthetic is commonly given before the procedure. Usually, this is a local anesthetic or a regional anesthetic called a heel block. Things to remember on day of treatment:
- Arrive at the AFACC clinic a few hours before scheduled appointment
- Wear shorts or loose fitting clothes
- Be prepared to answer questions on your general health
- Have the consent form read and signed
What to Expect After Shockwave Therapy
Immediately after treatment, you will stay at the AFACC clinic until the anesthetic wears off enough to safely walk. The podiatrists at AFACC recommend that you restrict “stressful activity” involving the treated foot for four weeks after treatment. Stressful activity may include:
- Running or jogging
- Doing heavy house work or yard work
- Participating in sports
Some patients need mild pain medication following the treatment. Although some patients feel immediate pain relief after treatment, it is more common for it to take up to 4 weeks for pain relief to begin.
For more information about shockwave therapy or to have your foot issues assessed, contact us today to schedule an appointment at the AFACC clinic nearest you.