Shock Wave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinitis

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Radial shock wave therapy (RSWT) involves sending high-energy sound waves into the painful area of the foot. These waves are transmitted through the surface of the skin via an applicator. The waves pass through the tissue to create microtraumas, which will then trigger an inflammatory response.

The goal of this therapy is to speed up the healing process by promoting healing. These treatments are necessary to cure plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. We only use this therapy for chronic injuries that are a few months old.

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Conditions Treated by Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT):

1. Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is caused by the rupture or stretching of the plantar fascia. This is a fibrous band that helps support the arch of the foot. The most common symptom is pain in the heel. 

2. Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is a very common problem in runners. It is caused by an overuse of the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel. The most common symptom is pain in the back of the ankle. 

Achilles tendinitis can be acute or chronic. The difference lies in the duration and intensity. Acute tendinitis is more painful and sudden. Chronic tendinitis is less painful, but it is not limited to practicing sports activities.

Contraindications for Radial Shock Wave Therapy

RSWT is contraindicated for:

  • A recently administered cortisone injection;
  • Pain that is impossible to locate;
  • Infection of the area to be treated; 
  • Cardiovascular problems;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Diabetes;
  • And a weakened immune system.

FAQ:

What are the effects of shock wave therapy?

Shock wave therapy helps increase blood circulation and the appearance of new blood vessels. It accelerates the healing process and increases collagen production. This is essential for the healing of ligaments and musculoskeletal structures.

What are the benefits of shock wave therapy?

Shock wave therapy is a good alternative to surgery, because it is fast and simple. It has no major side effects and doesn’t usually involve taking any additional medications. This therapy also makes it possible to act precisely on the treated area.

How does a shock wave therapy session unfold?

The podiatrist begins by conducting tests to identify the source of the pain. Once this has been identified, the podiatrist issues their recommendations.

If they choose shock wave therapy, this unfolds in 3 steps:

  1. Locating the area to be treated using palpation.
  2. Applying a conductive gel to the painful area.
  3. Applying shock waves at the appropriate frequency.
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