Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy or ESWT applied with the Swiss Dolorclast method uses shockwave energy to relieve foot pain. By delivering shockwave energy to the affected tissue from the skin’s surface, this non-invasive treatment activates self-healing processes where the pain occurs. By targeting the affected area, blood circulation is improved which promotes cellular activity in the area. This helps the body convert a chronic, ongoing inflammation into an acute inflammation. Over time, this leads to the long-term elimination of chronic heel pain.
Conservative Approach to Foot Treatment
If you are suffering from heel pain, we have several remedies we can try. ESWT is not usually recommended as a first line treatment. The first tier of treatment consists of supportive shoes with inserts, stretching, icing, anti-inflammatories, and often a cortisone injection. If this fails after approximately six to eight weeks then we will offer the shockwave therapy or a stem cell injection. We take a very conservative approach to treatment. We try the most non-invasive treatments first and work our way up to surgery, but only if it’s absolutely necessary. We have seen many patients get the relief they need without having to have surgery.
How ESWT Works
If you are a candidate for ESWT, you may be wondering how it works. Here’s what you can expect. A podiatrist will locate the area by pushing on the bottom of your foot until you identify the sore spot. The area is marked, contact gel is applied, and the shockwave treatment takes place. The treatment is fast, gentle and effective. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated in a multitude of clinical studies and has been approved by the FDA.
ESWT Now at a Lower Price
ESWT can be financially challenging for some patients, costing up to $1,500 a foot. But the good news is that KC Foot Specialists can now offer ESWT treatments for less. You can now get it for $500 a foot! If you suffer from foot pain, stop living with the pain and fix it.
Give us a call at (913) 338-4440 or contact us online and let one of our podiatrists take a look.