Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive technique that utilizes shockwaves to treat many muscular issues in the foot by arousing a natural healing process that speeds up recovery. This natural healing is accomplished via an increased blood flow to damaged areas, resulting in quicker muscle repair. This form of therapy is useful for those with Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis because this treatment targets heel pain when other methods aren’t helpful. Shockwave therapy is not however recommended for those who have neuropathy, numbness in their feet or that have heart conditions because this therapy utilizes electrical charges that create shockwaves on pain causing areas of the feet. Our team at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Texas, can utilize this therapy to help your feet at one of our following locations: Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849.
The two types of shockwave therapies are high and low energy. The high-energy option requires the use of a local anesthetic, whereas the low-energy method doesn’t require anesthesia and is more precise as far as its ability to provide quicker relief. The exact mechanism for this therapy is via multiple small shocks from the shockwave that indicate a need for increased blood, break down injured tissue and stimulate an increase in nutrients flowing to the area. All of this promotes healing without the need for invasive surgery.
Due to the speed and nature of this therapy, patients having undergone the shockwave treatment may be able to place weight on the treated foot immediately after therapy. However, high intensity physical activities should be avoided for 2 weeks after therapy for healing purposes. Minor to routine activities are acceptable after therapy as increased blood will aid in the healing process. Nonetheless, this therapy is an important alternative to invasive treatments that require longer recovery times and potential complications. Therefore, please contact us today to treat your foot condition with this state of the art technology designed to reduce your pain without being painful in the process.