Shockwave Therapy – Achilles Tendon and Heel Pain

14 August 2023

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that can help individuals heal faster and get back to pain free walking, specifically for conditions like Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis (a common heel pain condition). Here’s how it works:

1. What is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy, also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), involves the use of high-energy sound waves to promote healing in damaged tissues. These sound waves are targeted to the affected area and create a controlled micro-trauma, triggering the body’s natural healing response.

2. How does it help with Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is a condition characterised by inflammation and micro-tears in the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Shockwave therapy can help by stimulating blood flow to the affected area, promoting tissue regeneration, and reducing pain and inflammation. It can also break down scar tissue and calcifications that may have developed in the tendon.

3. How does it help with plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Shockwave therapy helps by stimulating blood flow and promoting the regeneration of damaged tissue. It also helps to break down any scar tissue or adhesions that may have formed in the plantar fascia, providing relief from pain, and improving mobility.

4. What are the benefits of shockwave therapy?

– Non-invasive: Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment option, meaning there are no incisions or anaesthesia required.

– Fast healing: By stimulating the body’s natural healing response, shockwave therapy can help speed up the healing process compared to conservative treatments alone.

– Pain relief: Shockwave therapy can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, allowing individuals to resume their normal activities without discomfort.

– High success rates: Research has shown that shockwave therapy can be an effective treatment option for Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, with high success rates in reducing pain and improving function.

5. How is shockwave therapy administered?

Shockwave therapy is administered by your Podiatrist, using a handheld device. The device emits high-energy sound waves targeted to the affected area. Treatment sessions usually last around 10-15 minutes, and multiple sessions may be required depending on the severity of the condition.

6. Are there any side effects or risks?

While shockwave therapy is generally considered safe, There are some potential side effects, which can include mild discomfort during treatment, redness at the treatment site, or temporary soreness after the session. There are some medical conditions that will prevent some people from this type of treatment, therefore it is important to consult with your Podiatrist.

Stepping Out Podiatry has been combining shockwave therapy in their treatment pathways for patients for over 3 years now, with amazing results. Don’t sit on the sidelines and watch others heal faster…this can be you too!