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Shockwave Heel Pain Treatment

Heel Pain Syndrome and ESWT/Shockwave
New Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain

Finally, there's effective treatment for your chronic heel pain or other chronic orthopedic conditions...without open surgery or lengthy therapy sessions.

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is restoring patients with chronic heel pain syndrome (Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spur Pain) to a normal, active lifestyle with a single treatment. A non-invasive procedure similar to lithotripsy used in the treatment of kidney stones, ESWT uses therapeutic pressure waves to relieve the pain and inflammation in the tendon on the bottom of the foot.

Drs. Lawrence and Catherine Karlock and John Flauto are certified to perform this treatment and are some of the most experienced doctors in the state using this technology. Our doctors have used this technology on over five hundred patients with over 70 percent successful outcomes.

Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves to rid patients of severe debilitating chronic heel pain.

New Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain
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What is ESWT?

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, or ESWT, treats chronic heel pain syndrome (Plantar Fasciitis) and other tendonitis conditions. It is a non-invasive procedure in which therapeutic pressure waves are directed at the area of pain.

The shockwaves stimulate a healing response in the affected tissue. The result is a reduction in inflammation and pain from the affected tendon. Patients experience a short recovery period, often with few or no side effects. Some patients experience relief from the pain right away, but in others, the full results from a single treatment may be experienced in one to three months. Results are typically long lasting.

The technology has been used successfully to treat hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide with a variety of tendonitis conditions. The sound waves do not remove bone spurs, but it is theorized to cause new blood vessel growth around the plantar fasciitis, relieving pain.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What can be expected when a patient has ESWT?
ESWT is a non-invasive procedure and is performed on an outpatient basis, or in the office under local anesthesia. The procedure lasts approximately 10 minutes per heel. During the treatment, the physician targets and directs therapeutic pressure waves to the affected area. The treatment may take from one to three months to be fully effective. Your physician will schedule continued care visits and post-ESWT continuance therapy.

Is the ESWT procedure painful?
Prior to treatment, local anesthesia is administered to make the patient more comfortable. Afterward, there may be temporary discomfort which is usually controlled with over-the-counter medicine if needed. "Twilight sleep" is usually used in the Ambulatory Surgical Center environment.

What happens after the procedure?
The ESWT procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Each patient is required to have a designated driver or guardian. Patients should be able to return to normal daily activities after a brief recuperative period. Consultation with your treating physician will clarify any post-ESWT limitations or specifics that may apply to your case. Our doctors will schedule continued care visits and post-ESWT follow up.

Does insurance cover the treatment? Are there any other payment options?
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is gaining acceptance in the United States by major insurance carriers. Patients should request coverage for this therapy through a physician's office or by directly contacting their insurance carrier to determine reimbursement. Direct patient payment and procedure financing may also be available. Recent changes have decreased the cost of this new technology.

Who is eligible for ESWT?
Generally, candidates for ESWT include patients with chronic heel pain syndrome or Achilles pain, conditions in which the pain has lasted for more than six months without responding to conservative therapies such as strengthening exercises, stretching, massage, splints, taping, anti-inflammatory medications, injections, or arch supports.

Are there complications?
As with any procedure, complications may arise. There have been reports of bruising of the skin, swelling, pain, numbness or tingling, and rupture of the plantar fascia. Misdirected treatment may result in blood vessel or nerve damage. Compared to traditional surgical procedure, the risks are minimal.

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