What Is Shockwave Therapy?
If you are struggling with a chronic foot condition or chronic foot pain in general, then one of the treatment options that your podiatrist may suggest is called shockwave therapy. The procedure can offer many benefits over other non-surgical options in the treatment of chronic foot pain, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendinitis, among others. If you would like to learn more about how shockwave therapy can help you can reach out to Dr. Mukesh Bhakta and Dr. Anam Ali of the Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville and Dulles, VA.
Medical conditions that end in "-itis" typically refer to a problem related to inflammation, as is the case with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, which affect the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon respectfully. Your podiatrist can offer a variety of treatment options for these and other similar conditions, but if these don't prove successful and before surgery becomes a necessity shockwave therapy can help.
How It Works
During the procedure your doctor uses a medical device that transmits radial shockwaves onto the affected area, these waves have multiple effects as they pass through your tissue. They safely stimulate the reversal of chronic inflammation as well as help to induce the body's natural healing processes. These waves can increase the activity of mast cells, which play a large role in the body's inflammatory process, and can assist with collagen production.
Shockwave Therapy in Gainesville and Dulles, VA
Shockwave therapy can be used to treat severe pain associated with the above and other foot conditions, although its use is usually reserved for those who've experienced chronic pain for a number of months and who have not shown success with other treatment methods alone, such as the use of custom orthotics and physical therapy.
If you are seeking relief from chronic pain and wonder if shockwave therapy is right for you, you can schedule a consultation today with Dr. Bhakta and Dr. Ali of the Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville in Dulles, VA, by dialing 703-753-3338.