What is ESWT?
Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary device used in Podiatry, Orthopaedics, Physiotherapy and Sports medicine. Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves creating a series of low energy acoustic waves that are directly delivered to an injury through contact with the skin via an ultrasound gel medium. Shockwaves are said to promote the body’s own healing response to injury, extracorporeal meaning outside of the body. The shockwaves are mechanical and not electric, they are audible, low-energy sound waves which work by increasing blood flow to the injured area to speed up the healing process.
What will happen here at Z.W. Foot & Ankle
- You will need to attend an Initial Shockwave Therapy Appointment where your eligibility for the course will be determined. If eligible and safe to commence treatment we will take you through the consent process and explain in detail the following: the intended benefits, low level risks of the treatment and what to do straight after your treatment
- You will usually require 3-4 separate treatments with 1-2 week intervals in between to benefit most effectively from the treatment
- During this time we will advise you on what to do and tailor a loading and stretching programme where applicable
- You may experience some discomfort during your treatment but the Podiatrist will be on hand to monitor these pain levels and reduce intensity and frequency if intolerable. Don’t worry, we will look after you!
- You will be advised on your activity level following treatment
Why should I have ESWT?
ESWT is offered to patients who have not responded well enough to other treatments which may include but are not limited to:
- Stretching/ loading and activity modification
- Other shoe inserts
- Bracing/ Splinting
- Rest and ice therapy
- Pain medication
This ground breaking non-invasive method of relieving pain and restoring function has been shown to be a positive and successful treatment of certain conditions affecting the foot and ankle which can include Tendinopathies and Heel pain: Plantar Fasciopathy.