Common foot and ankle conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, can usually be treated conservatively with rest, medication, physical therapy, and supportive shoes/appliances like orthotics. However, in rare cases where conservative treatments don't work and the problem becomes chronic, additional treatments like extracorporeal shockwave therapy may provide relief. Here at the Brooklyn, NY, office of Drs. Joseph C. and Joseph A. Stuto, we offer a number of treatment options for foot and ankle injuries, including Shockwave Therapy—read on to learn what this treatment can do for you.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses sound wave therapy to treat the heel pain of chronic plantar fasciitis when more conservative treatments have failed to produce results. A local anesthetic is applied to keep you comfortable during the procedure, which lasts approximately 30 minutes and is performed at the podiatrist's office on an outpatient basis.
It is non-surgical so you don't have to worry about incisions, stitches, bandages, or an extended recovery period. You will also be able to go home after the procedure (patients should bring someone to drive them home afterward).
Is Shockwave Therapy Right for Me?
Shockwave therapy is recommended for advanced cases of heel pain that haven't responded to other forms of treatment. While there are a number of options available to help relieve the pain and symptoms of plantar fasciitis, when those fail to provide relief, shockwave therapy can help.
However, shockwave therapy is not available for pregnant women and patients with certain underlying medical conditions such as vascular disease, certain neurological conditions, if you wear a pacemaker, or if you are taking medication that affects blood clotting.
Interested? Call our Brooklyn Office Today
For more information about the benefits of shockwave therapy and other treatments for foot and ankle pain and injuries, contact Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, by calling (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment today.