ESWT, Extracorporeal ShockWave Therapy, Shockwave therapy or lithotripsy, was originally developed by Dornier MedTech to break up kidney stones in the body. The therapy was approved by the FDA in the early 1980s and today is the standard treatment of choice for urinary stones. Because it’s delivered outside the body (extracorporeally), many of the risks associated with surgery are eliminated. In fact in ESWT or orthotripsy, the shock waves actually stimulate the body’s own repair mechanisms.
The 1/2 hour visit starts with the area of pain being identified by the patient and usually confirmed with ultrasound imaging. That affected area is then lightly numbed and the patient is asked to sit on a exam table or chair. After a gel is applied to the foot and therapy head, the head’s water-filled cushion is placed against the foot. Shock waves are released from the device as Dr. Christina positions the foot. Shock wave therapy relieves pain and provides a short recovery period, with very few risks or side effects. Most patients are able to resume normal activity the next day.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, also referred to as ESWT, is a nonsurgical method that delivers high-energy acoustic (sound) waves to a targeted area in order to to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, including plantar fasciitis.
ESWT works in 3 ways:
High Intensity Shockwave Machine, Pittsburgh PA
Plantar Fasciitis (often referred to as a “heel spur”) is a common cause of heel pain and affects about 2.5 million people each year in the U.S. Historically, surgery was the only alternative when conservative treatments like ice, orthotics, physical therapy, medication and cortisone failed. Today, with Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), that pain can be relieved with a gentle 18 minute treatment done right in the podiatrist’s office.
ESWT to treat Plantar Fasciitis
The muscle that stretches along the bottom of the foot (the plantar fascia) is responsible for maintaining the arch of your foot. This is the muscle that becomes inflamed or irritated.
Plantar fasciitis, affecting around 10% of people, is one of the most common causes of heel pain in New York City. Several factors contribute to a person developing plantar fasciitis. Overuse is the main cause. Overusing the tendon by repeatedly overstretching causes tiny, microscopic tears in the tendon. These microscopic tears lead to inflammation in the plantar fascia, hence appropriately named plantar fasciitis (-itis means inflammation). Other factors include obesity, age and foot mechanics (such as having flat feet or high arches).
Picture of Plantar Fasciitis
Several symptoms distinguish plantar fasciitis from other foot injuries or ailments. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis in Baltimore include:
If you suspect that you have plantar fasciitis in Baltimore, you can call 724-991-0116 for assistance in locating a podiatrist office in your area.
Plantar fasciitis is often the most painful in the morning because the plantar fascia, the tendon that runs along the bottom of your foot, contracts and tightens when it is not being used. When you step out of bed in the morning, the tightened tendon is overstretched. This overstretching causes microtears in the tendon, in turn causing inflammation and the pain that you are experiencing.
You should try and fail 3 conservative treatments including ice, stretching, cortisone injections, night splint, rest and physical therapy. If this doesn’t work, then ESWT in Long Island is an excellent safe and effective alternative to plantar fascia surgery.
In the experience of Pittsburgh podiatrists performing ESWT, there is an 88% success rate after 3 months following ESWT for plantar fasciitis. It is very unlikely that you would need to have a 2nd procedure done. Please take into account that ESWT in Pittsburgh is not a “cure all” and should not be used as the only means of healing. ESWT will give your body the tools it needs to effectively heal. However, you must help the healing process by continuing to stretch daily, icing in the evenings (after 3 months), and wearing supportive orthotics in your shoes.
ESWT FDA approved Protocol
Image of heel pain treatment ESWT
At Sound Medical, we follow the precise FDA protocol and guidelines to treat Plantar Fasciitis and heel pain.
Many patients have suffered for years and have Heel Spur Syndrome in Philadelphia, to Pittsburgh that has impacted their life to the extent that they can not enjoy their everyday lives and activities. Sound Medical has the answer to heel pain in New York. ESWT can help with one 20 minute treatment!
Sound Medical Technologies, Inc. offers several ESWT– related services. We provide trained staff and certified technicians to operate the equipment during ESWT procedures. Physician certifications, recommendations, and our clinical applications specialist can answer all your questions.
Call Sound Medical Technologies to learn how you can have this technology available on a case-by-case basis, without purchase or lease. We deliver and set up the machine and provide you with educational materials for patients. You provide the procedure. You maintain control of the patient relationship. You receive the reimbursement into your practice.
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