Shockwave treatment has been used in continental Europe for several decades. International studies have shown more than 80% success rates in chronic pain patients. It’s only in the last few years that this treatment has become recognised in the UK.
Most premier league football clubs for example 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.
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. Our patients report tenderness.
Areas of Treatment
For example, we treat heel pain – plantar fasciitis, chronic pain from ankle sprains,
general ankle pain, achilles tendinopathy, shin pain, knee pain, hip pain (trochanteric
bursitis), insertional hamstring tendinopathy, fractures that aren’t healing.
Some areas we can treat
Shockwave for heel pain
Most patients will need three treatments about one week apart for best results. This allows the body to continue with the healing process for long enough to get better. You will most often notice immediate improvement in pain. Patients continue to improve up to three months after the last treatment.
What is shockwave treatment 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. We can offer shockwave treatment from both machines. The shockwaves are applied to the injured tissue where the pressure waves produces a temporary disturbance that affects the injured tissue. Shockwaves are not electric waves, but are pressure waves. The pressure waves lead to- increased blood flow, increase in cellular turn over. These cells include soft tissue and bone cells. shockwave treatment reduces sensitivity and pain and heals the tissue long term. Scientific studies have shown increased healing cell turnover more than one year later. Shockwaves also reduce the friction in tendons by increasing lubricin. A break down of calcifications that have built up in tendons and ligaments will also take place.
Shockwave therapy is also ideal for delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and muscle tissue with knots and restrictions.
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 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.