Heel Pain Shockwave Therapy

Get Back on Your Feet with Heel Pain Therapy

Many conditions can affect the rear part of the foot and ankle. Two common conditions can cause pain to the bottom of the heel and lead to surgical intervention: plantar fasciitis (an inflammation of a fibrous band of tissue in the bottom of the foot that extends from the heel bone to the toes) and heel spurs (often the result of stress on the muscles and fascia of the foot). 

There are many causes of heel pain and most cases can be effectively treated without surgery. Chronic heel pain, however, often can be corrected only through surgery.

Read our 5 Ways Podiatrists Treat Heel Pain blog

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the term commonly used to refer to heel and arch pain traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. More specifically, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, called plantar fascia, that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Overpronation is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia. Over time, this causes inflammation.

Also known as heel spur syndrome, the condition is often successfully treated with conservative measures, such as the use of anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications. In persistent cases, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) may be used to treat the heel pain.

Orthotics

Orthotics, also known as orthoses, refers to any device inserted into a shoe, ranging from felt pads to custom-made shoe inserts that correct an abnormal or irregular, walking pattern. Sometimes called arch supports, orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. While over-the-counter orthotics are available and may help people with mild symptoms, they normally cannot correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthoses can since they are not custom made to fit an individual's unique foot structure.

Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes, and materials and fall into three main categories: those designed to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection. Read More.
 

 

 

What is Radial Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy Heel Pain HackensackRadial Pulse Shockwave Therapy is an FDA cleared technology proven to increase the rate of healing for soft tissue injuries and for the relief of painful conditions of the foot and ankle. It is the most advanced non-invasive and highly effective treatment method that enhances blood circulation, accelerates the healing process causing damaged tissue to gradually regenerate and heal.

What conditions can be treated with RSWT?

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Insertional Achilles Pain
  • Achilles Tendonosis
  • Tendonosis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Chronic Heel Pain
  • Acute and Chronic Muscle Pain

How does RSWT work?

When you experience chronic pain, your body no longer recognizes that there is an injury to that area.
Therefore it shuts down the healing process and you feel no relief. The ballistic sound waves of the
EnPuls penetrate deep through your soft tissue, causing a micotrauma or new inflammatory condition to the treated area.

Heel Pain Hackensack NJOnce this occurs, it then triggers your body’s natural healing response once again. The energy emitted also causes the cells in the soft tissue to release certain biochemicals that intensify the body’s natural healing process. These biochemicals allow for the building of an array of new microscopic blood vessels in the soft tissue. This treatment is highly effective for conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, and other tendon and soft tissue disorders in the foot.

What do studies show?

There have been extensive studies done on Low Energy Shockwave Therapy over the past 15 years. These studies, done on different conditions of the foot and ankle, show between a 75% – 84% success rate.

How is RSWT performed?

The EnPuls is a small machine with an applicator that looks like an ultrasound. It is administered once a week for a series of 4 to 5 treatments. Each treatment takes approximately 5 minutes depending on the size and number of areas treated.

All treatments are performed by experienced Podiatrists. The doctor applies the applicator to the foot and administers the ballistic waves by moving over the affected area in a very slow, circular motion. During the treatment there may be some minor discomfort. Painful areas are helpful in isolating the truly injured areas.

Why consider Radial Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy Heel Pain Hackensack NJRSWT has a proven success rate that is equal to or greater than that of traditional treatment methods, including surgery, without the risks, complications, and lengthy recovery periods. There are no incisions and no risk of infection, or scar tissue, like surgery. There is no need for anesthesia to be administered during the treatment, as opposed to high-energy shockwave therapy. Patients treated with RSWT may bear weight on the foot immediately and resume normal activities the same day. Many patients find a significant and immediate reduction in their pain. Some patients will feel results gradually after each treatment.

What are the possible side effects?

There have been very few side effects reported. In rare cases, skin bruising may occur, and patients
may feel soreness to the area for a day or two afterwards, similar to a strenuous workout.

For more information on heel pain therapy or to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists, call our office at (201)488-3668.

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