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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ECSWT)

Shockwave is a non-invasive, simple and effective solution to pain in the feet, legs and back. It has quickly grown to be one of our most popular services at My FootDr due to its ability to help relieve pain and repair injury, even when the problem has been persisting for years.

It has proven its efficacy in many clinical trials and studies, where it is referred to as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).

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Which Problems Can Shockwave Help?

Your My FootDr podiatrist will let you know if shockwave can help you after they’ve understood the extent of your pain or problem at your assessment. Shockwave is best suited for pain that has been present for six weeks and longer (‘chronic’ pain). Generally speaking, we use shockwave to help treat:

  • Pain after workAchilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome)
  • Knee pain (patellar tendonitis)
  • Iliotibial band pain (outside of the upper leg)
  • Painful trigger points
  • Calcifications at the tendons
  • Back pain
  • Ligament and tendon injuries
  • Musculoskeletal disorders of the feet and lower limbs

 

How Does Shockwave Work?

The shockwave handle-piece is placed on the surface of your skin, around the area of the injury where we also apply some gel. High-energy acoustic wave pulses are emitted that reach the injured area beneath, which leads to a cascade of beneficial effects including helping to:

  • Reduce painExtracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ECSWT)
  • Reduce and reverse inflammation
  • Stimulate new blood vessels formation, thereby promoting healing
  • Stimulate collagen production
  • Dissolve calcium build-ups
  • Release trigger points

Generally, the effects of shockwave help facilitate the body’s healing and repair process, create an optimal biological healing environment, and often ‘reboot’ the reparative process for those that have had pain or problems for years.

As the injured area is repaired, healthy function is restored and pain is relieved over the long term.

 

Fast, Safe & Convenient Pain Relief For Long-Term Results

Shockwave has quickly gained popularity among our patients because it:

  • Is non-invasive – it does not penetrate the skinExtracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ECSWT) Before & After Diagram
  • Does not require anaesthesia or any medications
  • Can eliminate the need for surgery
  • Only takes 10-20 minutes to complete the treatments
  • Only requires 3-4 sessions on average, spaced at one week apart
  • Stimulates the body to repair itself using its natural processes, as opposed to introducing an inorganic substance into the body

 

Does shockwave hurt?

You have nothing to be afraid of with shockwave – it really is a simple and easy treatment that is carried out by our qualified and experienced podiatry team. You may experience mild tenderness for the ten or so minutes that the shockwave is being applied, just like when someone is pressing against a bruise or sore spot.

As the benefits of shockwave begin from the first treatment, we expect that your pain and symptoms (both during the treatment and afterwards) will continue to decrease week after week. We are able to stop the treatment at any time and adjust the settings to help you feel comfortable throughout each session.