shockwave therapy for heel pain

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is the name given to a treatment that involves shockwaves being passed through the skin to the injured part of the body. ESWT has been approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA. Previously ESWT was used with varying degrees of success. This was because the shockwaves lost energy as they made contact with the skin. This is where the Swiss DolorClast method is unique. 100% of the shockwave power generated by the EMS master machine will travel through your injured cells.

How does the treatment work?

Passing radial shockwaves through the surface of the skin with the Swiss DolorClast initiates an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue that is being treated. This prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism in the injured tissue. This accelerates the body’s natural healing process by increasing cell generation.

What are the benefits?

  • No need for surgery or medication

  • Treatment sessions last for an average of only 15 minutes

  • No hospital admission

  • The transient analgesic effect after treatment

  • No lengthy rehabilitation, loss of mobility or time away from work

  • Minimal complications

  • Strong clinical results

What conditions can be treated?

In the foot/ankle, NICE have recognised the use of shockwave therapy for:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Insertional Achilles tendinopathy / posterior heel spur

  • Achilles tendinopathy

However, it has also been successfully used for patella tendonitis, shin pain (shin splints / medial tibial stress syndrome) and there is evidence for its use on stress fractures. 

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How successful is the treatment?

Clinical trials, conducted by some of the world’s leading medical professionals, have shown the Swiss DolorClast to be successful in treating the conditions recognised by NICE.

However, as with all treatments, this is not a fix-all for every patient. Our experience suggests that it tends to work better in patients who have implemented the common/standard treatments for the condition and then use this treatment to effectively kick start the healing process.

How do I book a treatment?

You will need a "Lower Limb injury assessment" to confirm the diagnosis and assess the injured site using ultrasound. A course of treatment, generally once per week for 4-5 weeks is required.  Please contact the clinic for more information or if you are intending to use your medical insurance cover to fund treatment.