What Is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)?

Shockwave Therapy (Also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy) is a non-invasive procedure that is used to reduce musculoskeletal pain and promote healing. It involves the delivery of shockwaves to injured soft tissues. Unlike traditional surgical methods, there is no incision, small or large. Podiatrists recommend this treatment for people with foot disorders like Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinitis, Heel Spur, Heel Pain, etc.

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Benefits Of Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is used for the treatment of a wide variety of conditions. It is usually recommended to people suffering from chronic cases of Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition that results from inflammation of the plantar fascia. Shockwave therapy can be a great option if your foot pain doesn’t seem to respond to conservative treatments. This procedure is also used to treat other conditions, including heel pain, heel spur, tendonitis, Morton’s Neuroma, Stump Neuroma, and chronic wounds. It provides quick pain relief.

The shockwave also helps accelerate the healing process through new blood vessel formation and stimulation of collagen growth. It also improves blood flow to the injured site. What’s more, the shockwaves help your body release local growth factors. The main advantages of shockwave therapy over traditional surgical procedures include fewer complications and quick recovery.

Dr. Sophia Solomon uses state-of-the-art tools and equipment to diagnose and treat foot and ankle issues. She will perform a thorough examination and design a treatment plan based on your lifestyle and expectations. She specializes in both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Solomon to determine if the shockwave therapy is right for you.

The Shockwave Therapy Procedure

Your NYC podiatrist will instruct you to stop taking any anti-inflammatory medicines for 5-6 days before the procedure. It’s because using these medications increases the risk of prolonged bleeding under the skin’s surface. During the procedure, your foot and ankle surgeon will place a probe on the skin to deliver shockwaves to the areas that are causing pain. It may involve using high-energy waves or low-energy waves. For high-energy shockwave therapy, the patient needs to receive a local anesthetic before the procedure.

The podiatrist moves the probe in a circular motion to provide effective relief. The best thing about this treatment is that it has no downtime. It is an outpatient procedure that takes only 20-30 minutes per foot. In most cases, the patient can resume normal activities the same day. Please contact us directly to know more about the procedure.

Your NYC foot and ankle surgeon may give you some advice and instructions to follow after the procedure. These include keeping your treated foot elevated for the remainder of the day and night, doing some gentle stretching exercises the next day, avoiding taking any anti-inflammatory medications for up to four weeks after the procedure, etc.