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Time for a Shock—Shockwave Therapy, That Is

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There are many different types of “shocks.” Many people enjoy being shocked—at least, they enjoy being startled. That’s why horror movies, Halloween parties, and some TV shows do so well, after all. They’re out to shock people, catch them off-guard, and give them a thrill. Other shocks are physical, like static zapping you when you touch a friend. Some advancement in medicine has led to shockwave therapy, which isn’t a real shock at all, unless you’re startled by how well it helps foot pain. All jokes aside, this new nonsurgical method allows for significant improvement in chronic lower limb pain, which can help some people.

Shockwave therapy, also called extracorporeal shockwave therapy, is a noninvasive treatment used to deal with chronically painful soft tissue injuries. It works by directing energy pulses into the injured part of your foot. Though it’s not very well understood, this stimulates the body to heal the area, offering you quick relief for your discomfort.

Yet shockwave isn’t for everyone. It can make a huge difference for some people, but for others, it may not be any better than traditional conservative methods. For a few people, it may even be a bad idea because of preexisting problems. People with nerve problems in their feet, like neuropathy, really should not have it. You can’t get the treatment if you have ulcers or open sores on your lower limbs, either. It’s also bad for feet that are hyper-sensitive, since the treatment may be too uncomfortable for you. A few health problems like heart trouble and seizures make you a bad candidate as well.

So who does benefit from extracorporeal shockwave therapy for foot pain? Generally people who have chronic soft tissue injuries in their lower limbs that aren’t responding to conservative remedies would benefit from it. It has been particularly effective for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon problems. You’re more likely to benefit from it when you follow all your aftercare instructions, too.

If you’re struggling with chronic pain that nothing else seems to touch, it’s might be worth trying shockwave therapy. Our team at Family Foot Care & Surgery, LLC will help you decide if it’s a good fit for you or not. For more information about this procedure, just contact our Connecticut offices through our website. You can also call: (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office, or (203) 876-7736 for our Milford location.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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