Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a highly effective treatment for chronic Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, and Achilles tendonitis.
Most such surgery has been replaced with ESWT in which repeated shockwaves are applied to the painful fascia. This converts the chronic inflammation to acute inflammation which the body handles very well by repairing the fascia, getting rid of scar tissue and bringing in new blood vessels (neovasuclarization). Healing starts the first day and continues gradually over the next 10-12 weeks.
ESWT can be accomplished via one or two high energy session involving anesthesia or by low energy ESWT in which 3 low energy sessions are used in place of one high energy session and no anesthesia is needed. ESWT is successful 85 to 90 percent of the time when the plantar fascia does not repsond to conventional treatments. Surgical treatment as a treatment for heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis is rare. If a health professional mentions surgery before ESWT, look for the exit door to the office.
ESWT has none of the risks involved with traditional surgery, and you can return to work the next day. ESWT has a 94 percent success rate one year after treatment is completed.
Please contact us to schedule your next appointment to see if you are a candidate for this treatment.