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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!
 

By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates
July 15, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Shockwave TherapyIf you are one of the millions of Americans that suffer from chronic heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis, then you know just how unpleasant this very common foot condition can be. Plantar fasciitis is the most common form of heel pain, and it occurs when the long, flat ligament on the bottom of the foot stretches irregularly, developing small tears. As a result, the stretched tissue becomes tender and inflamed, making every day tasks and activities difficult and painful.

At Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates, we've helped numerous patients overcome their chronic heel pain with conservative treatments, including anti-inflammatory medications, stretching exercises and orthotics. For some patients, however, these treatment options are ineffective or provide only temporary relief. So now we offer a new and advanced treatment for chronic heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis -- Shockwave Therapy-a fast and gentle alternative to other invasive and risky surgical procedures.

The Procedure

Shockwave Therapy from our New York office is a non-invasive surgical procedure that involves directing strong sounds waves to the affected area, penetrating the heel and stimulating a healing response by the body in the affected non-healing tissue. The sound waves break up the tissue, creating small tunnels through which new blood vessels can grow, and the increased blood supply allows the tissue to heal. The result is a reduction in inflammation and pain from the affected ligament.

The outpatient procedure performed in our New York office is quick and safe. Patients experience a short recovery period, often with few or no side effects. Most patients notice pain relief instantly, but for others, the full results from a single treatment may be experienced within one to three months.

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy from Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates:

- Reduces inflammation and stimulates a healing response in the injured tissue
- Fewer side effects compared to surgery
- Quick recovery time
- Risks associated with surgery and general anesthesia are eliminated

Contact our New York office today to receive more information about Shockwave Therapy. Once we've assessed your condition, we can help you determine the most appropriate treatment for your plantar fasciitis- and this mean putting an end to your heel pain once and for all.