What Is Shockwave Therapy?
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is available for a range of conditions at Acorn Sports Podiatry.
ESWT is a widely used, non-invasive therapy which stimulates soft tissues to repair. Poorly healed soft tissues can be broken down so the body can re-heal an area which has remained painful following trauma or over-use. It is most often used to treat plantar fasciitis but can also be used to promote better healing in other structures. Common conditions treated include Achilles tendinopathy, heel pain and shin splints.
How Does It Work?
A small, ceramic ball is moved briskly up and down the applicator supplying an impact wave into the tissues. This will cause some inflammation and bring blood flow to the area, which is necessary to promote healing. Tendons and fascia have little blood supply of their own, so bringing extra blood supply and inflammation is beneficial as they supply everything the body needs to heal.
Does It Hurt?
Patients usually report discomfort and there is likely to be pain as the applicator passes over the area most needing attention. The clinician will alter the power of the therapy in relation to your tolerance of it.
The area will remain sensitive for a few days, but then the discomfort should start to settle. Patients often report improvement in their symptoms within the first week, but it can take up to six weeks to see the full benefit of the treatment.