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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 02, 2019
Category: foot conditions

Shockwave therapy. You may have heard about it from a friend who has had a kidney stone, but did you know that Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a trusted podiatric treatment as well? At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Plantar FasciitisJoseph A. Stuto use ESWT in the office to treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions—especially plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Affecting one in 10 American adults according to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue between the heel bone and base of the toes, and it can cause considerable pain, loss of feeling, tenderness, and swelling.

Unfortunately, many patients spend considerable time and effort dealing with their conditions, only to find little to no relief. So, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, we offer Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy as an adjunct to, or replacement for, customized shoe orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, injections, and other common treatments.

The procedure

Many adult patients qualify for ESWT. A complete podiatric exam, X-ray imaging, and a review of medical history will tell Dr. Soto if the procedure is both safe for you and has a good chance of succeeding. People with reduced sensitivity and circulation in their feet, take blood thinners, have a cardiac pacemaker, or who exhibit open sores or wounds cannot undergo this procedure. Also, women who are pregnant should postpone treatment until after they deliver their babies.

Regarding the treatment, it takes place in its entirety in the office with the benefit of local anesthetic or light sedation. Used since 2000 in the United States, ESWT delivers short, intense bursts of sound waves to selected areas of inflammation. The aim? ESWT helps:

  • Increase circulation
  • Speed healing
  • Reduce tenderness and harmful swelling

Afterwards, patients can return home (with an adult driver) and resume most of their normal routines the next day. However, they should postpone very strenuous activities, such as gym workouts, for a couple of weeks.

Contact us

At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry's Brooklyn practices, you'll be well treated and can take advantage of up-to-date, innovative treatments such as shockwave therapy. For a personal consultation on your plantar fasciitis or other persistent podiatric conditions, please call our office team at (718) 624-7537.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 10, 2016
Category: Foot Injuries

If you've been dealing with ongoing heel pain, and methods like medication, exercise and shoe inserts have failed to bring relief, you foot painmay be a candidate for extracorporeal shockwave therapy at your Brookyln podiatrist's office. Here, you'll learn how Dr. Joseph Stuto uses this non-invasive treatment to treat patients with chronic heel pain at his Brooklyn, New York podiatry practice.

What is shockwave therapy?

Although the name might sound a bit threatening, this procedure is actually very safe and has few side effects associated with it. The shockwave therapy you receive from your Brooklyn podiatrist involves a period of focusing ultrasonic waves onto the heel, which helps improve blood flow and healing of the damaged inner tissues. This procedure is especially appealing to both podiatrists and patients because, unlike surgery, it requires no incisions or downtime.

What happens during shockwave therapy?

During a shockwave therapy session, which can last between 30 and 45 minutes, your Brooklyn podiatrist positions a hand-held instrument on the affected heel, which will be numbed with a local anesthetic first. The instrument emits high-pressure ultrasonic waves to both the soft tissue and bone, stimulating the healing process and strengthening the area. This is an in-office procedure and many patients report immediate pain relief.

How do I know if I need shockwave therapy?

Patients who have heel pain that lasts longer than six months without a response to conservative treatments are excellent candidates for shockwave therapy. This heel pain, described as a burning or aching sensation, is often worse in the morning or after a period of sitting and often sidelines runners and other athletes due to the discomfort. However, only your Brooklyn podiatrist will be able to determine if your heel pain warrants shockwave therapy.

If you've been dealing with heel pain, there are solutions at Dr. Joseph Stuto's podiatry practice in Brooklyn, New York. Call us to set up an appointment today!