Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a modern and highly effective treatment method for conditions of the foot and ankle. It accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. In many instances, shockwave therapy is most effective in cases where the human body has not been able to heal itself on its own.
Strong energy pulses are applied to the affected area for short periods of time, creating micro-cavitation bubbles that expand and burst. The force created by these bubbles penetrates tissue and stimulates cells in the body that are responsible for bone and connective tissue healing. With this innovative therapy approach, pathological alterations of tendons, ligaments, capsules, muscles and bones can be eliminated systematically.
There are numerous benefits attributed to shockwave therapy:
- no adverse side effects
- accelerated healing
- ease of use
- covered by most insurance companies
The beneficial effects of shock wave therapy are often experienced after only one or two treatments. It can be used to treat such ailments as:
- tendonitis, including Achilles tendonitis
- arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis
- strains and sprains
- joint pain of the ankle, heel, calf, midfoot, balls of feet and toes
- plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and arch pain
- bunion pain
- sports pain
Shockwave therapy eliminates ankle or foot pain and restores full mobility, thus improving your quality of life. To learn more about shockwave therapy and how it can benefit you, contact our chiropodist/foot care specialist at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centres in Brantford or Hamilton.