Shock wave Therapy

Shock wave Therapy for Chronic Foot Pain and Achilles Pain.

Commonly referred to as heel spurs, plantar fasciitis is a painful and often debilitating condition that afflicts more than 500,000 people in the UK each year 1.

Although everyone is at risk, plantar fasciitis is most commonly found in athletes, runners, overweight individuals, or those who are required to stand on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time. It’s also one of the most common athletic injuries seen in general practice. “Shockwave Therapy” can also be useful in treating severe tendonitis, such as painful Achilles heels.

Treatment options

Although conservative treatments or local steroid injections can help relieve the problem in the majority of cases, surgery has been the only available alternative for chronic sufferers. However surgery carries risks and complications can arise. The recovery time from surgery can be as long as 6 to 8 weeks.

Introducing “Shock Wave Therapy“

Now patients that have been suffering for years with chronic pain in their feet and ankles may be successfully treated with

“Shockwave Therapy” using the latest high tech non surgical equipment. The original Swiss Dolorcast method is the gold standard in shock wave therapy. It is effective and gentle with no medication, no injections, no cortisone and no surgery.

Shockwave Therapy delivers a radial shockwave through the surface of the skin to the injured tissue. This shockwave initiates an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue and accelerates the healing process by regenerating blood vessels. It also provides pain relief.

“Shock Wave Therapy” offers the following benefits:

  • Level 1 and 2 clinical trial data supports efficacy 2 3 4 5
  • Included in NICE guidelines 6
  • Proven non-surgical technology
  • Treatment is simple and takes minutes
  • No need for anaesthetic or lengthy rehabilitation

How to access treatment?

If you have private medical insurance, speak to your insurance company, as many treatments are covered by medical insurance. The cost for private treatment is £45 per session (minimum of 3 sessions required) then if needed a further 3 sessions can be booked for the price of 2 (£90).

For further information please contact the clinic on 01246 273848.

References

  • 1. Based on US incidence data.
  • 2. A randomised controlled trial of 149 patients treated by
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or conservative management reported that 69% of ESWT patients and no patients treated conservatively had an ‘excellent’ result (no heel pain) and 14% and 55% of each group,
    respectively, had a ‘good’ result (50% or greater reduction in baseline pain) at a mean follow-up of 64 months
  • 3. Plantar Fasciitis (Chronic Foot/Heal Pain): Ludger
  • Gerdesmeyer et al 2008, Radial Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is safe and effective in the treatment of Chronic Recalcitrant Plantar Fasciitis
  • 4. Tennis Elbow: Jan D Rompe and Nicola Maffulli 2007, Repetitive shockwave therapy for lateral elbow tendinopathy(tennis elbow):a systematic and qualitative analysi
  • 5. Achilles Tendinopathy: Jan D Rompe, John Furia and Nicola Mafulli 2008, Eccentric Loading compared with Shockwave Treatment for chronic Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy, a randomised, controlled trial.
  • 6. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy for refractory plantar fasciitis; NICE – August 2009
    Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy for calcific tendonitis (tendinopasthy) of the shoulder; NICE – November 2003
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy for refractory Achilles tendinopasty; NICE – August 2009