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Shockwave Therapy is the Noninvasive Treatment for Heel Pain
By Dr. Kenneth Meisler
April 26, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: shockwave therapy  

If you have suffered from heel pain for an extended period of time, you know how frustrating and debilitating it heel paincan be. Having heel pain can prevent you from doing your favorite activities and make going through your daily routine a challenge. You may have tried some treatments in the past but have not found relief. You are wondering if there is anything that can be done to alleviate your pain. Do not despair, there is help available. Find out how shockwave therapy from your New York City podiatrists at can reduce and even eliminate your heel pain.

What caused my heel pain?

Heel pain can be caused by a variety of factors, though often it’s caused by over activity. Plantar fasciitis is the most common type of heel pain, and this condition occurs when there is an inflammation of the band of tissue called the plantar fascia that runs along the bottom of the foot. There are some steps that you may have already tried to treat heel pain such as: wearing proper fitting shoes, exercises to relieve your symptoms, medications that work to reduce swelling, as well as orthotics to help better align your feet and reduce your pain.

However, if you have already tried these treatments and found no relief, and the pain is chronic, meaning it has been ongoing for six months or more, you may be a candidate for shockwave therapy in our New York City office.

How Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) Can Help

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, or ESWT, is a treatment option that reduces heel pain. ESWT is a brief procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis, typically lasting around 30 minutes. It works when sound waves are applied to the heel area which stimulates the body’s natural healing response. The benefits of this treatment option are that it is non-invasive and does not have a long recovery period. Many patients see improvement after one treatment, with a success rate of 70 percent in clinical studies. However, more than one treatment may be needed. There may be some people that aren’t candidates for this treatment option including children, pregnant women, or people on medication that affects blood clotting.

If you have been dealing with heel pain for a long time that has not responded to other treatments, look for an expert that can make a difference. Turn to your New York City podiatrists and see if you are a candidate for shockwave therapy. We want to get you back on your feet, healthy and pain free!