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Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. It is a common cause of heel pain and can be difficult to treat. One treatment option that has shown promise in reducing pain and improving function in people with plantar fasciitis is shockwave therapy.

Shockwave therapy, also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive treatment. It uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate the healing process in damaged tissues. The shockwaves are delivered to the affected area through a handheld device, which is placed on the skin over the area of concern.

How does shockwave therapy work?

Shockwave therapy works by delivering high-energy sound waves to the affected area, which stimulate the healing process in damaged tissues. The shockwaves are thought to improve blood flow to the area, increase the production of collagen, and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. These effects can help to reduce inflammation and pain and promote the healing of damaged tissue.

What is shockwave therapy used for?

Shockwave therapy is commonly used to treat Plantar Fasciitis, but it can also be used to treat other conditions, such as:

  • Bursitis: Inflammation of a bursa, which is a small, fluid-filled sac that cushions and protects bones, tendons, and muscles.
  • Calcific tendonitis: The build-up of calcium deposits in a tendon, which can cause pain and difficulty moving the affected joint.
  • Stress fractures: Small cracks in a bone caused by repetitive stress or overuse.
  • Tendinitis: Inflammation of a tendon, which is a thick, fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone.

What can I expect during shockwave therapy?

During a shockwave therapy session, you will lie  or sit on a chair while the podiatrist applies the handheld device to the affected area. The device will deliver shockwaves to the area, which may cause a sensation of tapping or pressure. The treatment

typically takes about 15 to 20 minutes and is usually well-tolerated, although some people may experience mild discomfort.

Most people need three to five shockwave therapy sessions to achieve the desired results. The sessions are typically spaced about one to two weeks apart. Some people may experience temporary pain or swelling after the treatment, but these side effects are generally mild and resolve quickly.

Is Shockwave Therapy Safe?

Shockwave therapy is generally considered safe and effective when administered by a trained healthcare provider. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some potential risks and side effects to be aware of. These may include:

  • Pain or swelling at the treatment site
  • Bruising or skin irritation
  • Numbness or tingling in the treated area
  • Infection

It is essential to discuss any concerns or questions you have with your healthcare provider before starting shockwave therapy.

Conclusion

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that has shown promise in reducing pain and improving function in people with plantar fasciitis. It works by delivering high-energy sound waves to the affected area, which stimulates the healing process in damaged tissues. Most people need three to five shockwave therapy sessions to achieve the desired results, and the treatment is generally well-tolerated. However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects to be aware of, so it is essential to discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider before starting shockwave therapy.

How Can Doncaster Foot Clinic Help You?

At Doncaster Foot Clinic, we offer Shockwave Therapy to help you get back on your feet more comfortably. If Plantar Fasciitis is causing you pain and discomfort we are here to help. You can reach us by email or by calling us at 01302 342 971, and we’ll help you find the right podiatrist for you. To stay up to date with our clinical updates and specials, follow us on Facebook.

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How Does Shockwave Therapy Help Plantar Fasciitis?