High-Tech Heel Pain Treatment Keeps You in the Race

Heel Pain
Heel Pain

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If you are preparing for the upcoming Annadel Half Marathon in Santa Rosa, CA, it would be devastating to have a chronic condition like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis flare up right before the big event. If the unthinkable happens, extracorporeal shockwave therapy might be necessary to promote healing to your feet so that you can still run the day of the race.

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or ESWT for short, is the use of shockwaves directly to the pain site. It’s used when other more conservative treatments have failed, but before opting for surgical methods. There are different levels of shockwaves; some that require a local anesthetic and others that don’t. This therapy offers many of the same results as surgery, but with less down time and a much faster rate of recovery.

Podiatrists and patients alike prefer ESWT to surgery, because of reduced healing times. You will probably notice, even after the first day, that the pain does not worsen. As the damaged cells begin to repair and new cells grow, you will note that your pain is subsiding even more. After a session of this therapy, you will most likely notice soreness or possibly some bruising. However, these effects are mild compared to those of surgical intervention.

If you want to learn more about ESWT, call John Hollander, DPM today at 707-578-1222 or schedule an appointment online. We want your feet to be as healthy as they can be. Faster, more effective healing means you’ll be ready for your next big race.