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Shocking Solutions for Chronically Painful Heels

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Energy makes everything run. It’s easy to take that for granted, but when big storms knock out the power, it’s a fact you’re forced to deal with. Energy doesn’t just make lights glow or refrigerators run, though. It also makes you function. Without energy, your body can’t do anything, including heal itself. Sometimes, though, your feet need a little extra boost of energy to deal with things like chronic heel pain. Shockwave therapy is a noninvasive treatment that can give your feet a boost and speed up their recovery.

Chronically painful heels are hard to treat. The affected tissues are thickened, swollen, tightened, and not very responsive to conservative remedies. The problem tends to get worse the longer it goes on, too. This is where the shockwave therapy comes into play. This noninvasive method uses pulses of energy to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes.

Researches are still studying how and why this works. The waves of energy are directed into the damaged tissue. Currently experts believe that this causes micro-trauma to the chronically painful area, inflaming it more than normal. That then stimulates the body to respond. Essentially, the body is tricked into focusing its healing processes in the spot where you receive the shockwave therapy. You end up with better blood flow to that area, increasing the nutrients and healing factors that the cells there need. This relieves your pain and speeds up your recovery.

There are two types of shockwave: Low energy and high energy. Low energy treatments are mild and usually administered over three or more different appointments. The energy pulses are enough to stimulate the tissues, but they aren’t so strong that they cause you pain. High energy shockwave is much more powerful. It’s a single, intense dose of the energy waves straight into your heel. This is fairly uncomfortable for you, so usually you receive some anesthesia before the treatment.

Whether or not shockwave therapy will benefit your chronically painful heels depends on your needs and your condition. Our staff at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. will work with you to determine what will be the best way to manage your heel pain. Shockwave might just be what jolts your heels toward healing. Make an appointment for a consultation at one of our Connecticut offices by calling us: (203) 288-4055 for Hamden, or (203) 876-7736 for Milford.
Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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