Shockwave therapy has been used in continental Europe successfully for several decades. International studies have shown more than 80% success rates in chronic pain patients. It is now becoming recognised in the UK and is therefore used more and more for elite athletes. Most premier league football clubs have access to shockwave treatment. Injuries and pain are healed quicker, confidence restored and you can get back to your favourite activities again, pain free. See your podiatrist for heel pain.
As podiatrists or foot and leg specialists, we specialise in treating pain of the lower limbs: hip to toe. To have shockwave you will need an initial consultation with us to assess if you are suitable to have this treatment.
Shockwave therapy is non-invasive, has minimal side effects (sometimes tender, can be reduced with ice, bruising – rare) and heals the injured tissue.
For example, we treat heel pain (plantar fasciitis), chronic pain from ankle sprains, general ankle pain, achilles tendinopathy, shin pain, patellar pain (knee), hip pain (trochanteric bursitis), insertional hamstring tendinopathy, pseudoarthropathy (fractures that aren’t healing).
Some areas we can treat
Shockwave for heel pain
In most cases you will need three treatments for optimal results. Sometimes you may need more depending on how quickly you are improving. You will notice immediate improvement in pain and dysfunction, and symptoms continue to improve up to three months after your last treatment.
What is shockwave therapy and how does it work?
The shockwaves are produced in the handpiece of the latest machines from EMS medical a swiss company with the Swiss Dolorclast and the Swiss Piezoclast shockwave machines. The shockwaves are applied to the injured tissue.
Shockwaves increase blood flow, increase cellular turn over (bone and soft tissue cells), and reduce sensitivity and pain. Shockwaves also reduce the friction in tendons and break down calcifications that have built up in tendons and ligaments. Shockwave therapy is also ideal for delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and muscle tissue with knots and restrictions. Further applications are the metatarsal fractures that simply don’t heal – shockwave is very useful for initiating the healing response in bone healing.
The podiatrist will discuss with you at your consultation if you are suitable to have shockwave therapy. You will also be given other treatment options if deemed complementary or essential to your recovery.
More areas for treatment below
We look forward to seeing you at the clinic for a consultation! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or book an appointment with us online. A podiatry appointment if the pain has been less than six month and a biomechanical assessment if the pain has been more than six months.