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What is shockwave therapy and will it work for me?

Shockwave Therapy has become one of the most effective ways to treat chronic lower limb pain, but it was originally developed to treat Kidney Stones (Lithotripsy), as an alternative treatment to surgery.

After the kidney stone treatment many patients reported improvement in chronic muscular conditions close to the treatment site, which lead to shockwave therapy being used to treat other chronic soft tissue conditions in both the upper and lower body.

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

Shockwave Therapy involves sending high-pressured acoustic sound waves through the surface of the skin into the deeper underlying tissues, and the body responds with increased metabolic activity around the pain site area. This increased metabolic activity prompts accelerated healing and stimulates pain relief.

Patients often walk into The FootHub Whitby with pain and walk out pain free after each treatment because of the shockwave stimulation process, however this euphoric feeling is temporary, which is why treatment usually involves three to five treatment sessions, over a three to five-week period to achieve resolution.

Each treatment session takes approximately 20 - 30 minutes, dependant on the number of sites requiring attention, and after treatment patients should avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medication like Ibuprofen or Naproxen orally nor the application of gel.

They should also not apply ice to the treatment area because the purpose of shockwave therapy is to increase the metabolic activity, creating an inflammatory response, whereas anti-inflammatory medication and ice are used to reduce inflammation.

I know this sound a bit back to front, that we should be causing the area to become inflamed again but we need the inflammatory stage again to stimulate the healing process. With a change of footwear, exercise program, fascia manipulation and possible orthotics, the healing process proceeds correctly this time.

Treating Your Feet with Shockwave Therapy?

Do you have sore heels when you get out of bed in the morning? If you do, you’re not alone.

Heel and arch pain and Achilles Tendonitis are common problems often treated with Shockwave Therapy; however, we’ve also successfully treated patients with shin splints, knee pain, and patients with toe numbness (Morton’s Neuroma). If you’ve been putting up with constant burning numb toes when you wear closed in footwear there is now a solution available that does not involve surgery.

Is There Any Reasons That Shockwave Wouldn’t Be Used?

Yes, Shockwave Therapy does have some contra-indications. It would never be used on patients with neurological and vascular conditions, over a suspected fracture, anyone with a pacemaker, on young children or during pregnancy. We only use shockwave when the condition is in a chronic stage and not in an acute stage, which is usually after a 3-month period of time since the problem first started.

Shockwave Therapy is extremely safe when it is used by a well-qualified podiatrist.

If you're currently treating your chronic foot and leg pain with drugs, or some other type of therapy, consider a natural treatment alternative like Shockwave Therapy and give reception a call on 01947 820319 to see if this treatment is suitable for you?

The Foothub Whitby
3, Byland Road
Whitby
YO21 1JH

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