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Shockwave Therapy May Offer Relief From Achilles Tendonitis 

Monday, 17 May 2021 00:00

Achilles tendonitis occurs when this large tendon in the back of the leg (which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone) becomes inflamed or, in some cases, torn due to overuse or injury. The pain often associated with Achilles tendonitis can present itself in different ways, at different times: in the back of the heel upon waking, after sitting or when the site is pressed on, a shooting, burning or piercing pain in the foot, or foot pain that lessens after resting or refraining from athletic activities. In milder cases of Achilles tendonitis where inflammation is the cause of the pain, a podiatrist may use treatment methods such as rest, orthotics, lasers, or taping. If the tendon is torn and needs to be repaired, the podiatrist may utilize extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) to repair the tendon without the need for surgery. ESWT is a process whereby low-energy shockwaves are directed onto the damaged site, which desensitizes the nerves to reduce pain, while increasing blood and boosting the body’s own natural healing activity. Contact a podiatrist to see if the pain in your Achilles tendon may be lessened with ESWT.

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists from New Tampa Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, addressing the source of the problem and allowing treatment to last for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wesley Chapel and Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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