What exactly is Shockwave Therapy?

As Podiatrists, when we see a patient who with a condition that could benefit from Shockwave Therapy the initial reaction is always interesting. No, we are not suggesting electrocution here!

Shockwave Therapy is a form of sound therapy.

This article is written to clear up the confusion, and to introduce you to Shockwave Treatment in an effort to assist you in making more informed decisions when it comes to your feet.

How does Shockwave Therapy Work?

Shockwave promotes healing in the foot by producing an analgesic effect in the treatment area. The soundwave is generated by a metal bullet that is projected down a small metal cylinder. The applicator at the end of the cylinder transfers the energy from the bullet into the body. Acoustic waves generated by Shockwave therapy lower the Substance P concentration and trigger pain relief. 

What can Shockwave Therapy Treat?

It can treat a variety of conditions, some of which are:

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Heel Pain

  • Achilles Tendinopathy

  • Heel Spurs

  • Delayed Non-unions (Bone Healing)

What are the Recovery times?

The number of Shockwave treatments required will vary on a case by case basis. Shockwave Therapy is non-surgical option, and does not require the use of anesthesia.

Shockwave Therapy purposefully creates an inflammatory response in injured soft tissue, so you may also experience mild discomfort following treatment. Additonally, the intensity can be adjusted during the session. After the treatment patients usually walk around the treatment room pain free.

Will Shockwave Treatments Fix it All?

Shockwave Therapy is not a miracle treatment, and should never be used as the sole treatment. At ProPodiatry Clinic we assess every patient with a holistic approach. Whilst we work to resolve the issue at hand, we also identify the underlying issue contributing to the injury or pain and formulate treatment plans suited to your needs.

Radial Shockwave Therapy works best when combined with a comprehensive rehabilitation program. We do expect patients to carry out specific strengthening exercises.

Want to learn more?

Read more about Shockwave Therapy in our Services section where we also cover a range of FAQ.

Srinath Vanapalli