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Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

By May 20, 2024May 28th, 2024Foot Pain

Plantar fasciitis, a painful and debilitating condition, affects many individuals. It can cause severe discomfort in the foot, making simple tasks like walking or standing a challenge. However, there is hope. Among the various treatments available, shockwave therapy stands out as a non-surgical, effective option. Here’s a look at the benefits of shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis.


Benefits of Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Non-Invasive Treatment

One of the standout features of shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis is its non-invasive nature. There’s no need for surgery or injections. Instead, we use high-energy sound waves to stimulate the healing process in the affected area. This safe, painless and downtime-free approach makes it an appealing treatment option for those seeking to avoid invasive procedures.

Improved Healing

Shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis works by stimulating blood flow to the affected area, which helps to promote the healing process. The sound waves also stimulate the production of collagen, an essential protein needed for tissue repair. This can help to reduce inflammation and pain and improve overall healing. Shockwave therapy has been proven to be effective in reducing pain in a range of conditions, including tendinopathy and improving function in patients with plantar fasciitis.

Customisable Treatment

Shockwave therapy is a customisable treatment that can be tailored to meet each patient’s specific needs. The intensity and frequency of the sound waves can be adjusted to provide the best possible results. The treatment can be delivered to a particular foot area, allowing targeted therapy. This makes shockwave therapy a versatile treatment option for patients with plantar fasciitis.

Good Long-Term Results

Unlike treatments that provide short-term relief, shockwave therapy offers long-term results. The treatment can help to improve the overall health of the affected area, which can help to prevent the recurrence of plantar fasciitis. Shockwave therapy has been shown to produce long-lasting results in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis. Studies have shown that up to 80% of patients who undergo shockwave therapy experience significant pain reduction at six months post-treatment.

Quick and Easy

Shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis is not only effective but also convenient. The treatment can be completed in just a few sessions, lasting 10-15 minutes. And since it’s performed on an outpatient basis, you can return to your normal activities immediately after each session. This makes it a perfect fit for those with hectic schedules.

Shockwave therapy is a cost-effective treatment option for plantar fasciitis. It’s less expensive than surgery and can be performed by our Sydney physiotherapy team in an outpatient setting like our studio. This makes it a more accessible treatment option for patients who may not have access to more expensive treatments.

Disadvantages of Shockwave Therapy

While shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis is generally considered safe and effective, there are some potential disadvantages to consider. These include:

Discomfort during treatment

While the treatment is generally well-tolerated, some patients may experience discomfort during the procedure. However, the discomfort is usually short-lived and does not require any anaesthesia.

Not suitable for everyone

As mentioned earlier, certain individuals should not undergo shockwave therapy. People with certain medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders, pacemakers and people who are pregnant, should avoid this treatment.

Before considering shockwave therapy, consulting with a qualified MGS physiotherapist is crucial. We can help determine if this treatment is right for you and discuss any potential risks or side effects. This step ensures that you’re making an informed decision about your health.

If you’re experiencing plantar fasciitis, shockwave therapy can be an effective treatment option. It’s non-invasive, painless and provides long-term results. If you’re considering shockwave therapy, it’s essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional to determine if it’s the proper treatment for you. With the right treatment, you can get back on your feet and enjoy an active, pain-free lifestyle. 

If you’re experiencing pain in the bottom of your foot, don’t ignore it. Book an appointment today and explore the benefits of shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis.