Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive form of treatment designed to stimulate the body’s natural healing responses. Although “shock” is in the name, this treatment does not involve the use of electrical currents in the body whatsoever. The “shockwaves” are actually high-energy acoustic pressure waves.

When these waves are directed at the site of foot pain and soft tissue damage, they create a minor disruption. The body responds to this disruption in several beneficial ways:

  • Cellular activity increases Your cells perform jobs faster, including growth and repair.
  • Blood flow to the area increases And with that extra blood comes more of the growth factors and nutrients your cells need to conduct their recovery work.
  • Reduction in painBoth from temporarily blocking local pain transmissions, as well as the expected relief that comes from healing.
  • Breakup of calcium deposits Sometimes healing can be impeded by calcium that builds up in micro-tears and other small injuries within tissues. Shockwave therapy can help break these deposits apart and allow healing to proceed with fewer obstacles.

Shockwave therapy is able to provide these benefits without the use of drugs or causing any damage to the skin.

What Conditions Can Shockwave Therapy Treat?

Shockwave therapy tends to be effective on painful conditions with a source in soft tissue damage. In the foot and ankle, this can include (among others):

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Neuromas
  • Other Various Sports Injuries

Even chronic pain may benefit from shockwave therapy, as it can effectively “jumpstart” a cellular healing process that may have long ago slowed down. If the body is capable of healing more effectively, relief should follow with it.

We might also recommend shockwave therapy as an advanced option to potentially avoid the need for surgery. If a more conservative option than surgery can provide the results we need, it is worth considering.

Please note, however, that we will not always recommend shockwave for every situation as described above. Every case is different, as are the needs of every patient, and we only make recommendations following a thorough evaluation of both.

Call Houston’s Foot Doc Sherman Nagler for all your foot and ankle ailments.

Phone : 713-529-1010