Posts for: September, 2016
Find out how shockwave therapy could eliminate your chronic foot pain.
From physical activities to intramural sports to just walking on uneven surfaces, our feet take a lot of abuse. Over time this abuse and overexertion can lead to foot pain. While a lot of foot pain can be treated through resting and taking over-the-counter medications, there are some cases in which foot pain becomes chronic. If you are dealing with severe or chronic foot pain that isn’t responding to at-home treatments then it’s time you talked to our Fairfax, VA podiatrist Dr. Steven Vetter about the benefits of shockwave therapy.
What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy?
This noninvasive treatment directs high-energy waves to certain areas of the body where there are musculoskeletal issues. The purpose behind these shockwaves is that they promote faster and more efficient healing by improving blood flow to the area and triggering the body's natural healing process.
What issues can it address?
Shockwave therapy is a great option for patients dealing with inflammatory conditions like Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis that also cause foot pain and discomfort. It’s also great for those with tendon issues or chronic degenerative disorders of the foot. If you have been dealing with foot pain that hasn’t gone away with conventional at-home care then shockwave therapy may be the next best option.
Who isn’t right for shockwave therapy?
Those with neuropathy, poor circulation, open wounds, as well as patients who have heart problems, seizure disorders or are pregnant will want to talk to their Fairfax, VA foot doctor first, as this treatment may not be appropriate.
What does this therapy entail?
This treatment is performed right here in our office as an outpatient procedure. Much like an ultrasound, a gel is applied to the area and then a handheld device is placed on the skin to send pressure waves to the inflamed or damaged tissue. If high-energy waves are administered then this procedure is performed under local anesthesia, but often times this therapy is performed with low-energy waves so that anesthesia isn’t needed. This way, patients are able to tell us the exact location of the pain for more accurate pain-relieving results.
If you are suffering from foot pain and looking for relief in Fairfax, VA turn to our very own Dr. Vetter at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center. Find out if shockwave therapy is the right treatment for you.