Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive method that uses sound waves to treat various foot and ankle conditions. Your orthopedic foot specialist can use this high-energy acoustic (sound waves) to deliver a mechanical force to the body’s tissue.
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy has been shown to have benefits in treating plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinosis. The technique places a noninvasive probe on the skin. An electrical charge then creates an energy wave that is focused on the area of injury. It is not completely clear why this approach to healing works for some people, but it is thought that the shock waves cause inflammation, and improve blood flow to encourage the body to repair and heal itself.
Candidates for ESWT are for the patient whose plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendon pain has not resolved with conservative treatments. Conservative measures can include stretching, physical therapy, orthotics, or walking boot for immobilization.
If you need a series of multiple treatments for your foot or ankle sports injury, extracorporeal shock wave therapy may not be for you. Only 1-3 sessions are typically needed for treatment with ESWT. Candidates love how there is no downtime and no surgical risk! This breakthrough method is growing in popularity. Speak to your orthopedic foot specialist to see if ESWT is right for you.
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If you think you require extracorporeal shock wave therapy to diagnose or treat your foot and ankle issue, or if you have any questions regarding the procedure, contact an experienced and knowledgeable orthopedic foot specialist as soon as possible! Dr. Hubbard has the necessary training and experience to provide you with the treatment you need. Contact our office today to get started. Dr. Christopher E. Hubbard, MD is proudly serving patients throughout the state of New Jersey.