Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, simple and effective solution to various pains in the feet and lower legs. The treatment works by using a probe that produces high energy sound waves that pass through the skin and spreads outwards into the underlying tissues. This leads to a cascade of benefits including:
- reducing pain
- reducing inflammation
- releasing trigger points
- stimulating new blood vessel formation, thereby promoting healing
- dissolving calcium build ups
Shockwave is best suited for pain that has been present for six weeks and longer (‘chronic’ pain). The effects of shockwave help facilitate the body’s healing and repair process and often ‘reboot’ the reparative process for those that have had pain or problems for years.
Is shockwave therapy painful?
The actual treatment generally goes for roughly 10-15 minutes and during this time our podiatrists will change the pressure according to your tolerance and required outcome. For most people it is quite comfortable to sit through, feeling electric shock like when trigger points are reached. After the treatment there is typically no pain, and often instant relief is felt.