What Is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a reliable, evidence-based practice that has boomed in popularity considerably over the past decade. The use of this technique on the feet and lower limbs has shown considerable efficiency in treating a wide range of conditions, including painful and chronic soft tissue conditions (such as plantar fasciitis, for example).
The way this non-invasive treatment works is through a handheld probe designed specifically to produce high-energy radial shockwaves. Administering these shockwaves essentially stimulates the body’s natural healing response by increasing vascular flow and stimulating tissue regeneration. The application of this specific therapy has been indicated to assist in pain management for many patients.
What Can Shockwave Therapy Treat?
Shockwave therapy has been incorporated into our podiatry care as another treatment option for many of our patients struggling with pain. It acts as a safe and effective treatment modality well suited to people dealing with various painful conditions.. Some examples of conditions well suited to shockwave treatments include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinopathies
- Shin splints
- Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
- Calf injuries
- Myofascial trigger points
What To Expect During Treatment
The first step to shockwave therapy is always figuring out whether this treatment is right for you and your body.
After an initial consultation and analysis of your condition, we’ll work together to develop a treatment plan that suits you and your needs. The number of shockwave sessions required will depend on the type of injury, the location of the injury in the body and how long you’ve had the injury.
Typically, the average number of treatments is three to five sessions; however, this may vary depending on the individual and their condition.
During your appointments, you’ll get very accustomed to the simple, noninvasive process of administering the shockwaves. The handheld device that delivers the shocks is unintimidating – you’ll be surprised how simple the process really is!
The Benefits Of Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy may provide relief for people with chronic pain and discomfort within the lower limbs. The energy from the waves administered can further help to promote the regeneration of bones, tendons, and other soft tissues. Accelerated recovery is a big benefit to undergoing shockwave therapy, and the noticeable difference many patients experience makes shockwave treatment worthwhile.
All in all, taking the time to address the conditions and problems your body is facing is an investment that will greatly improve the rest of your life. Issues that seem small today can morph into greater, more damaging problems as time goes on. Treating yourself today can ensure that you’ve got a long, healthy life ahead of you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is shockwave therapy safe?
Yes. We only perform treatments that are safe based on research to offer improvements to patients.
Does shockwave therapy hurt?
Shockwave treatments can sound more intimidating than they really are. Though patients tend to report mild discomfort during administration, it is so brief and minor that just about everyone can handle it with no problem. Further, your professional podiatrist will work to ease you into the sensation with smaller waves at first.
How many treatments will I need?
The amount of appointments your treatment will require depends entirely on your condition, your history, and your goals. That said, most patients will typically receive at least three shockwave sessions for the therapy to be successful.
Are there restrictions after treatment?
While you should absolutely remain active after shockwave treatment, you should maybe avoid high-impact activity and strenuous exercise immediately after therapy.
Why Choose Midland Podiatry?
Unmatched Patient Care
At Midland Podiatry, we don’t just treat you once. We’re here to build meaningful, ongoing relationships with our patients – delivering services tailored to your every need for many years to come!
Don’t force yourself to drive for hours just to find high-quality healthcare at an affordable price. For many years now, Midland Podiatry has been bringing unbeatable foot care services to Perth’s Eastern Suburbs. It’s what we love to do!
With a combined 30 years of expert podiatry experience on our team, we know how to care for your feet and legs. Bring your healthcare needs to Midland Podiatry, and you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands.
Book Your Shockwave Therapy Appointment Today
Whether you’ve already been prescribed shockwave treatment or whether you’re simply curious as to if it could be of benefit to you, Midland Podiatry is here to help! Working to resolve ongoing issues and minimising your pain is an investment your body will soon thank you for.
Reach out today to chat with a friendly team member about the injury or pain you’re struggling with, and we’ll find a time to get you in for your very first appointment.