Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Heel Pain.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) has grown in popularity in recent years for treating painful tendons and plantar fascia, it’s a NICE approved treatment. All of these are painful and persistent conditions can be challenging to treat due to the multifactorial nature of the condition.
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive procedure used to treat numerous types of conditions, most notably musculoskeletal injuries. The process utilizes pressure waves sent from high-powered equipment to the affected area of the body. By stimulating healing within injured areas and preventing deterioration, shockwave therapy is often successful in pain reduction and treatment.
ESWT provides shockwaves to injured area, this promotes inflammation allowing a natural healing response and pain relief. Evidence suggests that a minimum of three sessions is required for symptom relief. Ogden et al. (2003) concluded that it is a safe and effective treatment that should be considered before steroid injection and surgery. Cinar et al. (2020) concluded that routine care and ESWT improves foot function, Sun et al (2020) found that patients with chronic plantar fasciitis responded better and had less complication compared to other treatment modalities.
When considering ESWT treatment for plantar fasciitis or a tendon problems, your condition should have lasted for more than 3 months. The treatment plan should combine other factors, such as; exercise rehabilitation, symptom modification advice and addressing other factors including; pain beliefs and body mass index.
For advice or treatment of Plantar fasciitis and heel pain, please call me on 07748 483639.