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Shockwave Therapy for Foot and Ankle Injuries

Thank you for your interest in Shockwave Therapy for foot and ankle injuries.  Please download our PDF print out, or read the information below.

Shockwave Therapy for Foot and Ankle Injuries

Patient information 

Shockwave therapy can heal plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy, jumpers knee, ligament pain after an ankle sprain, stress fractures, activity related leg pain and much more. Please continue reading for more information.

Shockwave or ESWT is a series of energy pressure waves that are directed to the site of injury. The energy is transmitted through the tissue to the painful area. These energy waves increase blood flow in the injured tissue.  Up regulation of cell to cell communication is the result leading to an increased number of healing cells. We use the Swiss Dolorclast Master shockwave system with great success.

The following is a list of advantages of shockwave

  • There is no need for medication
  • Treatment sessions are short – approximately 10 min with 3-4 sessions needed at one week interval
  • No complications
  • Virtually painless after treatment
  • Significant improvement following treatment
  • No anaesthetic needed
  • No injections needed

How does shockwave therapy work?

The shockwave is delivered to the tissue by a hand piece by compressed air or by piezoelectric crystals. This pressure wave travels through the tissue and breaks down the diseased tissue.  The treatment lasts approximately five minutes.

Does shockwave therapy work?

International studies show results of 77% success rate in chronic conditions  that have not been resolved by other treatments. These include plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, chronic exertional leg pain, Achilles tendinopathy, Jumpers knee and other soft and bony tissue injury.

Is shockwave painful?

Sometimes the treatment is a bit painful. Most people can tolerate the few intense minutes without medication. If you are in pain during treatment please let the Podiatrist know and they can adjust the settings on the machine to reduce the discomfort. However some discomfort suggests the shockwaves are having an effect.

Will I be in pain after treatment?

Normally there is a reduced level of pain or no pain at all immediately after treatment. This may last a few days. Sometimes there may be some tenderness for a few days. It is important not to take any NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen or Neurofen before or after your treatment as this interferes with healing. You can apply ice or take paracetamol.

What if I am pain free after the treatment? 

If you are pain free after the treatment it is strongly advised not to do intensive activity that will stress the treated area. This applies to the next 48 hours after each treatment.

What if the shockwave doesn’t work for me?

The response to shockwave is normally exceptionally good within a few weeks, however it may take several months before the maximum effect is achieved.

Are there any contraindications?


  • You can not have had cortisone injections 11 weeks before your first shockwave treatment
  • Sometimes there is mild bruising. If you are on warfarin or other anti platelet therapy please let us know
  • If you have a pace maker


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