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Shockwave Therapy, Not as Scary as it Sounds

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If you have heel pain, you know the discomfort it can cause. There are many forms of treatment, including orthotics, physical therapy and medications, but what if all of those options fail? There is another: shock wave therapy. Don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds!

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is a treatment for chronic heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome. Extracorporeal simply means “outside of the body.” So if you’re nervous about injections and needles, don’t worry! This procedure uses neither. It’s non-invasive and uses sonic waves. The waves are targeted at the area of pain.

If you have had chronic heel pain for over six months, shock wave therapy may be for you. It’s recommended that all conservative measures be explored before shock wave therapy is considered. The procedure is relatively short, usually lasting for only 10 minutes. At least three sessions are necessary for it to be effective. The sonic waves used stimulate a healing response by the body. It’s an outpatient treatment and is virtually painless and safe.

Shock wave therapy is not for you if you’re pregnant, have a pacemaker or are taking medications that interfere with blood clotting. If you have any additional questions about shock wave therapy or your foot and ankle health contact Dr. Sanjay Patel of Family Foot Care & Surgery by calling (203) 876-7736 or (203) 288-4055 or visiting our website.

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.
After several years of pain caused by plantar fasciitis and many months of brutal heel spur pain I tried the shockwave therapy with Dr. Patel. After 3 simple treatments (painless and only involve gel and a small sonic wave handheld device) and approximately a 10 week waiting period I WAS PAIN FREE.... i was skeptical this would work especially because there are no immediate results.... but after the waiting period (which apparently allows the break up of the spur and healing of the ligaments) I had no more pain... it's been well over a year now and i am still pain free. Prior to this i couldn't ever wear flat shoes/flip flops or walk barefoot. I always limped when i would get up to walk and I would endure excruciating cortisone shots to get temporary relief. This procedure changed my life. TRY IT.....!!!!!
Posted by Dana B. on May 29, 2014 at 11:34 PM

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