Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is an advanced treatment option we are pleased to offer at Patel Podiatry. We generally prescribe this therapy for patients who have been experiencing plantar fasciitis for an extended period of time (six months or longer) and have not benefited from other conservative treatments.
During this noninvasive procedure, shockwaves—which are acoustic waves carrying high energy—are directed at the area of pain using a device similar to ones currently used in nonsurgical treatment of kidney stones.
Obviously, the acoustic waves are the reason the treatment is called “shockwave” therapy. The “extracorporeal” part comes from the fact the procedure originates outside the body. (“Extracorporeal” means “occurring outside the body.”) This is appropriate, since the strong sound waves are directed at the area of heel pain from the outside.
Given the external origins of ESWT, this treatment is not considered to be an invasive procedure (like a traditional surgery).
The strongly-focused soundwaves directed at the painful heel area travel through the outer tissues until they reach the intended destination. Once the reach damaged tissue, these waves are able to stimulate a natural healing response by the body. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of bones, tendons, and other soft tissues.
ESWT is performed on an outpatient basis—no hospitalization needed!—and typically requires only three treatment sessions. Each session only lasts about 10 minutes, and is performed without any injections or needles. This procedures is effective, safe, and virtually painless.To learn more about this kind of treatment—or to find the relief you need from chronic heel pain—contact Patel Podiatry by calling (203) 876-7736 and one of our team members will be happy to help.