Shock Wave Therapy
Shock wave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment for chronic soft tissue injuries and certain bone conditions.
An extracorporeal shockwave is defined as a non-evasive, non-electrical high energy sound wave that passes through the body via a hand-held probe. The shock waves produce a rapid increase in blood circulation to the target area and will break down fibrous scar tissue which builds up over time, especially with chronic conditions.
The break-down of scar tissue is the key to why shock wave therapy is so effective. Unlike normal elasticated tissue, scar tissue is non-elastic and will prevent normal movement and function, thereby weakening the unaffected tissue surrounding it, often causing further damage and pain. By increasing circulation and breaking-down scar tissue, shock wave therapy will stimulate cell regeneration and promote normal healing and rapid reduction of pain. Normal function can then be restored.
What can I expect at my consultation?
AMA Podiatry’s experienced Podiatrist will discuss the symptoms of your injury or pain, assess the mechanism of your condition to formulate an effective treatment plan.
Shock Wave treatment typically lasts for 10-15 minutes, and the pain is noticeably reduced in a few days.
What is Heel pain?
Often people misdiagnose “heel pain” for other conditions that occur around the heel. As plantar fasciitis has become more prevalent in our society, so to the misdiagnosis of other conditions that relate to the heel of the foot.
These conditions include nerve compression, vascular issues, stress fractures and heel spurs. Those conditions require a very different assessment and treatment. As we get older, tissues become less flexible and the plantar fasciitis can become strained from simply walking a full day with non-supporting, flat shoes.
What does Shock Wave Therapy treat?
Shock wave therapy can be effective on a wide range of soft tissue and bony conditions. Here are some examples of conditions where shock wave has effectively treated and restored normal function:
- Heel pain
- Arch pain
- Associated Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Heel spur
- Posterior Enthesopathy
- Rehabilitation (of a pre-existing condition)
ESWT shockwave therapy has been used by AMA sports podiatrist for the past eight years, having successful treatment of injuries including, Achilles tendinopathy, Heel pain and Heel Spurs, Knee pain and Patellar tendinopathy, Shin splints and midfoot osteoarthritis. And use by accredited medicine worldwide. Backed by FDA and a multitude of clinical studies.
- Affordable in-clinic procedure
- No anaesthesia or injections
- No surgery
- No negative side effects
Shockwave Therapy proves to be relatively inexpensive, effective and no-invasive treatment for many conditions without any significant side effects when administered by your accredited Podiatrist professional.
There are a few occasions when AMA Podiatry would not recommend shockwave therapy.
- During pregnancy, over metal pins or plates, nerve or circulation disorders, infections, tumours
- And not suitable for under 18 y/o because of active growth plates