Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a treatment that is used to treat chronic injuries in
muscles, tendons, and soft tissues. It is one of the most widely researched interventions in use.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
A shockwave machine emits a high-intensity soundwave through the skin to damaged tissue
by a qualified practitioner, causing microtrauma and promoting angiogenesis (new blood
vessels) and neurogenesis (new nerve cells). Tissues in the chronic stages of inflammation
are changed at a microscopic level, which promotes the healing process. Shockwave also
has the ability to have an instant therapeutic benefit by inhibiting pain receptors.
What Is Shockwave Used On?
Shockwave therapy works best on those more persistent chronic musculoskeletal injuries
that aren’t responding to conservative treatment. Some of these injuries that Podiatrists are
able to treat include:
– Plantar fasciitis
– Achilles tendinopathy
– Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
– Peroneal tendinopathy
– Intermetatarsal bursitis
– Morton’s neuroma
– Periosteal reactions
– Chronic foot and ankle pain
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The number of treatments varies between patients, however, shockwave therapy tends to
be most successful in conjunction with other injury interventions after 3-5 sessions. It is
recommended that 72 hours are left between appointment times.
Other interventions may include physical therapy, dry needling, rest and orthotic
If you think you or someone you know could benefit from shockwave therapy then feel free
to contact us on 8375 2062 (Point Cook) or 9191 0117 (Yarraville) or book online at