Shockwave therapy (ESWT) has been extensively used for the last 10+ years to treat Plantar Fasciitis. TFC Podiatry has Shockwave therapy available for use at our Point Cook and Yarraville clinics. Shockwave therapy can be a great therapy to help alleviate the symptoms of heel pain as well as help to treat the root cause of plantar fasciitis.
Shockwave therapy is used for plantar fasciitis, The Shockwave Therapy machine uses sound waves to deliver energy into the bottom of the heel and surrounding structures. Before having shockwave therapy people often think of shockwave therapy as electric shocks, this is not the case and it feels more like a percussive tapping sensation. Shockwave therapy should not be overly painful during the treatment, there may be some mild discomfort but it should be well within the limit of what is tolerable. Most people say that it is less painful than a remedial massage.
Before getting shockwave therapy for your plantar fasciitis, your Podiatrist will run through a full biomechanical risk assessment to help identify why the plantar fasciitis developed and how best to treat it and prevent it from coming back. This assessment will include muscle strength and flexibility assessment and also a gait analysis.
Shockwave Therapy should always be used by a qualified and experienced practitioner. All Podiatrists at TFC Podiatry are qualified and trained in the use of shockwave therapy. To learn more about heel pain or shockwave therapy, book an appointment today!