Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

November 15, 2023 / Foot, Heel
Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Shockwave therapy, also known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses acoustic waves to stimulate healing in various musculoskeletal conditions, including plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes.

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Here’s how shockwave therapy is typically used for plantar fasciitis:

  1. Mechanism of Action:
    • Shockwave therapy works by delivering high-energy shockwaves to the affected area. These shockwaves create microtrauma in the tissue, which triggers the body’s natural healing response.
    • The treatment is thought to stimulate blood flow, promote tissue regeneration, and reduce inflammation.
  2. Procedure:
    • During the procedure, a gel is applied to the skin of the affected foot to help transmit the shockwaves.
    • A handheld device is then used to deliver controlled shockwaves to the targeted area, typically the heel or the sole of the foot.
  3. Number of Sessions:
    • The number of shockwave therapy sessions required can vary.
    • Some individuals may experience relief after just one session, while others may require additional treatments.
  4. Post-Treatment:
    • After the procedure, patients may experience temporary soreness or discomfort, but this usually subsides within a few days.
    • It’s important to follow any post-treatment instructions provided by the healthcare provider, which may include rest, ice, and avoiding certain activities.
  5. Effectiveness: The use of shockwave therapy is often considered when conservative treatments, such as rest, stretching exercises, orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medications, have not provided sufficient relief.

It’s crucial to note that while shockwave therapy may be beneficial for some individuals, it may not be suitable for everyone. Patients should consult with their healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment approach based on their specific condition and medical history.

Who can provide Shockwave Therapy at Triangle Physiotherapy?

Shockwave Therapy can be provided at our clinics by a physiotherapist, a chiropractor or a massage therapist.

Will Shockwave Therapy be covered by my insurance?

Yes, shockwave therapy will be covered depending on the healthcare practitioner providing the service. For example, if you are seeing a physiotherapist for shockwave therapy, it will be covered under your physiotherapy coverage.

How do I book an appointment with a physiotherapist or chiropractor near me?

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