Peninsula foot clinic is pleased to offer patients Extracorporeal Shockwave treatment (ESWT) as a treatment to assist conditions such as heel pain, plantarfasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy.
What is ShockwaveTherapy?
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy( eswt), also referred to as radial shockwave therapy has been developed to primarily treat soft tissue injuries and is widely considered a successful treatment for Chronic plantar fasciitis. Strong evidence is demonstrated with published scientific studies.
It is a treatment that produces high energy sound waves transmitted from a probe held against the skin at the site of pain or injury.
How does Shockwave therapy work?
Shockwave therapy induces increased blood flow and metabolic activity as the treatment is delivered. Shock wave therapy aims to stimulate a healing response in the injured degenerative tissue. In addition Shockwave has been found to reduce pain by depleting substance P, a neurotransmitter that is responsible for pain pathways in the central nervous system..
What does Shockwave therapy involve?
After examination of the affected area the Podiatrist will hold the applicator probe against the skin. The treatment will take approximately 10-20 mins with some mild discomfort reported during the delivery of the shockwaves. It is a safe treatment delivered in the clinic with patients walking out and returning to normal daily activity. There can be some immediate reduction of the pain however most benefit is achieved up to 6 weeks after the first treatment. Depending on your condition you will need 3-5 treatments usually 1 week apart.
The Podiatrists trained to administer Shockwave will need to assess your condition and suitability to this treatment which may involve xray or ultrasound imaging to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
Common conditions treated using Shockwave therapy at peninsula Foot Clinic
- Long standing chronic plantarfasciitis/plantarfasciosis
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Shin pain
- Heel pain
Shockwave is offered at Rosebud , Somerville and Mornington clinics since 2012