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Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Therapy

Heel Pain Treatment

ESWT, Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Therapy with Ultrasound
ESWT, Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Therapy

Plantar fasciitis is the most common source of heel pain, often caused by running, walking, bad shoes, being overweight, and beginning an exercise program. The major symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain when taking the first steps after getting out of bed in the morning or after sitting a long time. Pain may lessen after taking a few steps, but often gets worse the longer you are on your feet. 

If pain doesn’t diminish within one week, a visit to a podiatrist trained in treating this condition is advisable. Treatment includes rest, ice, anti-inflammatory drugs, orthotics, stretching, cortisone injections, night splints, and physical therapy. This course of therapy successfully treats 90 percent of patients. In the past, if these treatments failed, the only recourse was surgery. However, with the advent of ESWT, Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Therapy, conditions such as chronic heel pain and tendonitis can be improved with one quick visit. 

The office procedure 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 one treatment. ESWT fosters healing by promoting the growth of new blood vessels and connective tissue. It also creates an analgesic effect that helps your pain immediately after the procedure. Healing starts the first day and continues gradually over the next 12 weeks. ESWT is offered here at Allentown Family Foot Care! 

Want to learn more? Read up on our Common Foot Ailments and Specialty Services or our Video Library and Foot Health Facts that talk in-depth about today’s latest treatment options of the foot and ankle!

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