Whether you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, or stress fractures, the truth is foot and ankle pain is nothing but misery. While there are many treatments to help alleviate pain, radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy also helps you heal naturally.
This therapy utilizes the power of shockwaves to stimulate your body’s natural healing processes, and it’s something our team of podiatrists at Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, offers here in our Midtown and Downtown Manhattan offices.
What is radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy?
Radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy 一 a noninvasive medical treatment that employs radial pressure waves to stimulate your body's own healing mechanisms 一 is used to help treat a variety of conditions including:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tendon-related conditions, such as Achilles tendinopathy
- Muscle strains
- Fracture nonunions
Radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy isn’t limited to podiatry. It helps with many causes of chronic musculoskeletal pain, including tennis elbow, knee osteoarthritis, and hamstring tendinopathy.
How radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy promotes natural healing
Radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy helps reduce pain, but it doesn’t just mask your pain symptoms. This therapy also helps accelerate your healing. It can stimulate your body's innate healing processes in several ways.
This noninvasive therapy promotes the formation of new blood vessels in the targeted area. Improved blood supply enhances oxygen and nutrient delivery to your damaged tissue, and when your injured tissue receives more blood, it also receives what it needs to heal. That’s because your blood is rich in healing components like platelets.
In other words, better blood flow supports your natural healing processes.
Boosts collagen production
Collagen may have a reputation in the beauty world for combating wrinkles, but collagen is also crucial for tissue repair because it acts as a building block for your tissues. Collagen helps strengthen and regenerate damaged tissue, and here’s the best part: Each shockwave stimulates collagen production.
Enhances your cellular activity
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy enhances cellular metabolism and activity and promotes tissue repair and regeneration.
Reduces foot pain
When extracorporeal shockwave therapy jumpstarts your natural healing process, it often leads to pain relief. This makes it a valuable option for those suffering from chronic pain related to various musculoskeletal conditions. When your pain eases up, you can add other complementary therapies, such as physical therapy exercises, into your treatment plan.
Is extracorporeal shockwave therapy right for you?
Before committing to shockwave therapy, your Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, provider ensures that you meet the eligibility requirements and prepares you for your therapy. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy isn’t right for pregnant women, people who have had a recent steroid injection, or people with clotting disorders.
If extracorporeal shockwave therapy is right for you, you can experience this noninvasive treatment in just a few minutes. When the shockwave gun is placed against the treatment area, it emits rapid pulses. It takes just minutes and requires no downtime, which means extracorporeal shockwave therapy won’t derail your schedule.
If you have chronic foot or ankle pain that isn’t getting better, don’t hesitate to reach out. Say goodbye to foot and ankle pain! Schedule an appointment by calling the location of your choice or using our online booking system.