Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) has been recommended as an appropriate and effective method in the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. After 3-6 months, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis become chronic and canalso be known as plantar fasciosis or plantar fasciopathy and Achilles tendonopathy.
ESWT is capable of producing sonic waves with a high amplitude which creates energy to reduce calcification, increase the proliferation of growth factors, and increase blood circulation which helps heal degenerative tissue in the heel.
We perform ESWT in our office. The treatment does not require anesthetic and lasts about 8 ½ minutes. Three treatments, one week apart, are required for success. Patients can go right back to work, exercise and regular activities immediately following treatment.