As with many things in life, you probably don’t realize how important your feet are until there’s a problem—and a significant problem is when foot pain develops.
Once pain enters the picture, it becomes quite apparent just how often you rely on your lower limbs. After all, you use them whenever you walk, run, drive your car, and even simply stand up. And if it hurts to perform those activities, your interest or desire in doing them drops.
Like we said, foot pain is a big problem.
Fortunately, it’s also one we help patients overcome.
Our goal is to provide effective treatment to relieve your pain and restore normal foot function so you can return to your favorite activities—and make necessary ones a better experience—in the shortest possible amount of time.
There are a variety of tools and techniques we use to accomplish this goal, including radial shockwave therapy (RSWT). This particular modality is especially effective in treating enthesopathy. (To put that in general terms, enthesopathy is a problem with the attachment of tendons, ligaments, or components of a joint onto the bone.)
How Shockwave Therapy Can Help You
To best understand how RSWT helps you overcome pain caused by soft tissue injuries in your lower limbs, let’s start by looking at what this treatment option actually is:
From a general perspective, you can think of RSWT as being a noninvasive, outpatient treatment that uses powerful sonic waves directed at an injury site to enhance natural healing processes. The “extracorporeal” designation may sound rather technical, but it essentially means “outside the body” (which is a key element in the noninvasive component of this therapy).
Prior to using shockwave therapy, one of our doctors will carefully determine the specific tissue and location needing to be targeted for optimal results.
Once the proper location has been identified, the procedure itself entails your doctor using an applicator engineered to produce and discharge high-energy acoustic waves (shockwaves). These waves safely travel through outer layers of tissue and reach down into the injury site, thereby delivering specifically calibrated mechanical forces.
As response to the forces, your body’s natural healing processes are triggered and enhanced at the cellular level.
Why RSWT is a Popular Choice with Our Patients
There are several benefits that make shockwave therapy such an attractive option for patients who suffer from an array of soft tissue injuries, including:
- Faster healing. The enhanced cellular healing and repair means your body recovers more quickly than it might with other treatment options.
- Surgery is sometimes a necessary course of action, but it’s one that comes with a certain degree of expected pain and discomfort. There are measures we take to minimize that for you and improve your comfort, but RSWT doesn’t have any pain in the first place.
- Done on outpatient basis. We are pleased to offer this advanced treatment right here in our Upland office.
- No needles. RSWT doesn’t require any injections.
- Potentially avoid surgery. In some cases, shockwave therapy is an option that allows patients to avoid surgical procedures.
- No side effects. Some treatments—particularly with certain medicines—have side effects of varying degrees, but that is not an issue with this therapy.
In addition to benefits like those, this is a popular treatment option because of how common heel pain is within the human population. RSWT is an outstanding treatment for this problem because it is remarkably effective in resolving soft tissue injuries.
The connection here is that most cases of heel pain are related to either the plantar fascia or Achilles tendon—both of which are important, connective soft tissues.
Your plantar fascia runs across the bottom of your foot, connecting the back to front. This can be thought of as similar to a bowstring for the “bow” that is your foot arch.
Your Achilles tendon connects the bottom of your calf muscle to the back of your heel bone (calcaneus) and allows you to move your foot up and down—something that is obviously quite important for walking, running, riding a bicycle, operating gas and brake pedals, etc.
When these tissues are injured, they can cause plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis (respectively). The pain from plantar fasciitis is normally experienced in the bottom of the heel, whereas Achilles tendinitis causes pain in the back of the heel. Either way, RSWT could be recommended as part of your custom treatment plan.
Contact Us Today for Expert Podiatric Care!
If you would like more information about this advanced treatment option—or any of the podiatry services we provide—please feel free to contact our Upland office by calling (909) 920-0884. One of our team members will be happy to answer any questions or assist you in scheduling an appointment so you can put that foot pain to rest and get back to living life on your terms!