Click here to read our Covid policy.

Do You Have Tendon Issues? Shockwave Therapy Can Help

Do You Have Tendon Issues? Shockwave Therapy Can Help

Tendons are fibrous connective tissues that connect your muscles to your bones, and believe it or not, there are over 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments in your feet. Unfortunately, overuse or too much joint strain can make your tendons inflamed. This is known as tendinitis, and it’s a painful condition that can affect any tendon from your elbow to your knees to your feet.

Inflammation can affect any tendon in your foot, but the most common are Achilles, peroneal, extensor, and posterior tibial tendons.

Regardless of which tendon issues you’re having, our team of specialists at Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, know that tendon issues can quickly make each and every step oh-so-painful. That’s why we offer radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy to our patients in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. 

How shockwave therapy can help your tendon issues

Shock wave therapy is a non-surgical procedure that promotes soft tissue healing through the use of high-energy sound waves. These sound waves — often referred to as shock waves — stimulate fibroblasts, which are special cells found in connective tissues. These cells are responsible for the healing of connective tissues like tendons. 

As your fibroblasts are stimulated, the local nerve endings become overwhelmed, which leads to a short-term reduction in pain. This phenomenon is known as hyperstimulation anesthesia and helps to account for the pain relief associated with shockwave therapy.

Not only does shockwave therapy help reduce tendon pain, but it also helps promote healing. The sound wave energy increases the blood flow to your tendons. In turn, the Increased blood flow supports tissue regeneration — a natural part of the healing process. 

Is shockwave therapy right for you?

Mild tendinitis may respond to at-home treatments, including the RICE — rest, ice, compression, elevation — protocol, but sometimes tendonitis needs a little bit more. You may also try pain medication, physical therapy, or even steroids. You might consider shockwave therapy if:

If your Manhattan Podiatry Associates provider determines that shockwave therapy is the right solution for you, you’ll get started with your therapy. Much like an ultrasound, shock wave therapy is performed using ultrasound gel — which enables the sound waves to travel more efficiently to your inflamed tendons — and a handheld device that emits pulses of sound energy. 

Most people describe shockwave therapy as small pulses against your skin, and you may find that stretching afterward helps to reduce some discomfort.

Benefits of shockwave therapy for tendon pain

One of the most alluring benefits of shockwave therapy is that there isn’t extensive downtime. You can walk immediately after your session, although you should refrain from vigorous activity for a few days to help promote healing. 

Other reasons to consider shockwave therapy include:

You might not think much about your tendons until they hurt, but the good news is that our team is here to help alleviate your pain. To find out if shockwave therapy is the right treatment for your tendon issues, call one of our two convenient New York City locations today. You can also book an appointment online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Telltale Signs of Plantar Fasciitis

Foot pain is common, and it can have many causes. From arthritis to fractures to strains, there’s no shortage of conditions that lead to sore, hurt feet. But how do you know if plantar fasciitis is the source of your pain? Find out here.

Pain in the Ball of Your Foot? You May Have a Neuroma

A pain in the foot? There are many conditions that cause foot pain, but one condition, in particular, is notorious for causing pain in the ball of your foot: neuromas. Read on to learn what neuromas are, how to spot them, and how they’re treated.

How to Know When It's Time for Bunion Surgery

Bunions may create a large bump on your foot, but this bump is more than just a cosmetic concern. Bunions can cause extreme pain that makes it hard to walk comfortably. But is it time for surgery? Here are five signs it’s time to consider that step.

How Shock Wave Therapy Works for Your Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of your plantar fascia, and unfortunately, it can quite literally stop you in your tracks. In this blog, we explain what shock wave therapy is and how sound waves can help reduce your plantar fasciitis pain.

Can Orthotics Really Correct My Foot Problems?

Can orthotics really correct your foot problems? Yes! In this blog, we cover two types of orthotics 一 functional and accommodative 一 and how they can correct various foot problems, such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, and more.