What is shockwave therapy and should I consider it for my heel pain?

Don’t let the name scare you. There is no electrical shock involved in shockwave therapy. Instead, it is a completely painless treatment to relieve pain and reverse tissue damage. If you have tried other options to treat your plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis and have had no luck, schedule a visit to Center Grove Foot & Ankle Care to talk about this innovative treatment.

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

In my podiatry clinic, I use Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT) to treat some patients. While this treatment has been around for over 20 years, it is new to many people, but there is nothing to fear. Using a wand that emits low-frequency sound wave pulses, the affected area is treated for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Patients usually require three or four treatments at one-week intervals. The sound waves stimulate chemical processes in the damaged tissue, increasing blood flow in the region and promoting tissue growth and natural healing. It is an FDA-approved and pain-free treatment.

What Conditions Can EPAT Treat?

Any condition of the foot or ankle involving damaged tissue can be treated with EPAT, including the following;

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Sports injuries

When anti-inflammatories, stretching, and other treatments are not effective in treating your pain, we will talk about using shockwave therapy.

What Are the Advantages of EPAT?

As a non-invasive option, EPAT eliminates the risks associated with surgery, including infection, anesthesia, and long recoveries. It is painless and patients can return to normal activity almost immediately. It is cost effective, only requiring three or four in-office treatments. While it is not usually covered by insurance, it is often eligible for flexible spending account dollars and we also offer payment plan options.

I Always Start With the Least Invasive Option

When you come to me for evaluation and treatment of foot or ankle pain, you can be sure that I will begin with the least expensive, least invasive treatment options. Together, we will find a solution to your pain and get you back on your feet.