Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy or ESWT is an FDA approved, non-invasive treatment for both plantar fasciitis and heel pain. At approximately 85%, shockwave therapy has a success rate comparable to its invasive counter parts without the risk of scarring or infection, which makes ESWT preferable in the long run.
The Therory Behind Why ESWT Works
ESWT produces an acute or new injury to treat a chronic or old condition. The therapy triggers the body's own repair mechanisms resulting in increased tendon elasticity, vascularization, and blood flow to enhance tendon healing. An analgesic or pain relieving effect also results from the sound wave therapy.
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Presently, most health insurance companies consider ESWT as experimental or as an elective treatment option. Therefore, just like many other FDA approved medical procedures, ESWT falls into a self pay category. Please call our office for more information on pricing.
What To Expect on Treatment Day
Your treatment will be performed in the familar surroundings of your physician's office. Please make sure that you have a designated driver to take you home after the treatment because your foot will be numb following the procedure. Your doctor will give you some shots to numb the treatment site. The anesthetic normally requires a few minutes to affect the treatment area. When you re dumb, then the treatment will begin. Ultrasound gel willbe applied to the treatment area to allow the sound waves to pass from the therapy head into your tissues. Your doctor will be using ultrsound targeting to assure the therapy is directed to the best possible location. You will here clicking throughout the treatment coming from the device. That clicking is the machine releasing sound waves into the treatment site. The treatment usually takes about 20 minutes. Normally patients walk out of the office without the aid of crutches or wheelchair.