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Shock Wave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) for Plantar Fasciitis

Extracorporeal ESWT shock wave therapy is a reasonably new treatment for plantar fasciitis / heel spurs / heel pain  which is becoming more popular with recent improvements in the delivery device.

Lithotripsy: ESWT Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis

There is both a high-energy and low-energy form of ESWT. The Brisbane Private hospital has a lithotripsy machine that delivers high powered shock to the bone of the heel. This is a much more intense treatment which causes more concentrated therapeutic damage to the tissue. It may be done under local or general aneasthetic.  This treatment was originally used for breaking up kidney stones. We have used this as our ‘treatment of last resort’ previously with reasonable results but had preferred steroid injections ahead of this treatment due mostly to the pain of application and the cost of the treatment. You can visit their website here to learn more.

Steroid injections for Plantar Fasciitis

At this time, we are recommending low intensity shock wave therapy for plantar fasciitis ahead of steroid injections for plantar fasciitis at our Brisbane podiatry clinic.  This is for two main reasons.  Although there is some chance of increased pain for a few days after the treatment, there is no systemic effect on the whole body and the treatment is a walk-in walk-out one.  Also, it seems likely that the long acting corticosteroid would be forced out of the tissue if shock wave was used after an injection, thus moving it away from the site of action.

If you wish to visit us to discuss treatment options, please use our contact page here. Be sure to let us know that you want to discuss ESWT shock wave treatment for plantar fasciitis to ensure that we assign the correct practitioner to evaluate you. Read More

How a Treatment With Shock Waves Can Help With Your Plantar Fasciitis

Naturally, with advances in technology come different ways in which it can be used in the treatment of ailments and persistent problems. Where podiatry is concerned, shock wave therapy for feet has emerged in recent years as a possible treatment method that offers relief from chronic pain suffered from this condition. Here at Walk Without Pain podiatry clinics, our team of podiatrists have adopted this new approach as a means to treating those that have suffered from plantar fasciitis for three months or more, seeing as the best results are achieved in more long-term cases.

With 4 clinics in Brisbane, here at Walk Without Pain, we endeavour to bring the latest treatments and solutions to those in our locale. Podiatry can be considered a luxury to many people given the expensive rates that are associated with such medical treatments, and unfortunately, this means that those in our community choose to suffer on with their conditions instead of seeking out the help that could enable them to live their life to the fullest.

As such, our goal is to offer an exceptional standard of treatment and care that is more affordable than our competitors. In order to make treatments such as shockwave therapy near Brisbane, our alliances with Medibank Private and BUPA ensure that our patients save a lot of money by choosing our services. What’s more, given that HICAPS rebates can be processed on-site at the time of your appointment, this alleviates some of the financial burdens and we hope will encourage more people to get the kind of treatment and help they deserve.

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is delivered via a handheld ‘gun’, which targets the problem area directly. It is a non-invasive form of therapy and feels more like a blow, rather than an electric shock. This prompts a response from the body, which sends more blood to the affected area to begin the process of recovery. The treatment is usually completed over a number of sessions.

While some patients may not welcome the sensation, it is a much-preferred option compared to surgery, which leaves patients at risk of continued pain and opens them up to infection or complications with the wound. As such, it is an efficient and safe way of targeting the issue without having to bring about additional worries or concerns that could lead to further expense.

While ESWT treatment for plantar fasciitis is a relatively new treatment, those who have been suffering from this condition for a long time, or who have tried the traditional methods to no avail are encouraged to not lose hope and explore the possibilities that this might offer.

Empowering You With ESWT Plantar Fasciitis Treatment To Live Your Best Life

At Walk Without Pain, we are a team of lifelong learners. As such, we are committed to understanding and improving our delivery of this treatment and all other treatments available at our clinics. Each of our doctors undergoes 50 hours training each year, and between us all, we have seen every condition and found effective solutions.

As such, we invite those that are considering to treat plantar fasciitis with shock wave therapy to book an appointment at one of our 4 clinics so that together we can work toward eliminating that persistent problem, and empower you to focus on living your best life. Read Less

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