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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT): Better Than Surgery

Heel spur syndrome, more commonly known as plantar fasciitis, is one of the most common causes of heel pain in the US, affecting upwards of two million patients a year. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a tight band of fibrous tissue starting at the heel, traveling across the arch, and fanning toward the toes. Heel spurs usually occur when the inflexible fascia is regularly stressed or the tissue is torn causing inflammation and is routinely the result of an overload of physical activity or exercise causing the plantar to lose its elasticity.

Podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons have been successfully treating pain associated with plantar fasciitis and bone spurs for many years with conservative treatments. However, in some cases, the need for surgery arises as the only way to deal with the growing pain.  Thankfully, there is an exciting and successful therapy now available to patients, which in most cases will completely eliminate the need for surgery.

If you are suffering from heel spurs or plantar fasciitis that do not respond to conservative treatments, The Orthospec is the best alternative before considering surgery.

The Orthospec uses the technology known as ESWT, which is considered to be the most advanced and effective noninvasive treatment option for pain relief from heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis and is the process used to stimulate the healing of affected tissues deep within the body. Originally developed to dissolve kidney stones, EWST generates sound waves from outside of the body to break up scar tissue and allow the rapid healing of the inflamed fascia or tendons.

Reasons why ESWT is better than surgery:

Shockwave therapy has a proven success rate that is equal to or greater than that of traditional treatment methods, including surgery, without the risks, complications, and lengthy recovery periods.
There is no need to bring in an anesthesiologist or go to a hospital or surgery center for ESWT bringing down the costs associated with treatment to a much more affordable level.
There are no incisions and no risk of infection or scar tissue, like with surgery.
If you find yourself not responding to more conservative treatments after several months, ESWT might be right for you.

Dr. Hochman, an experienced podiatrist with over 20 years of experience, works hard to bring patients the most technologically advanced and minimally invasive treatment options for all types of podiatric ailments, including plantar fasciitis.

If you are suffering from chronic plantar fasciitis, and your current treatment program is making slow progress, it’s time that you call our office today at (305) 442-1780 today to discuss if shock wave therapy is the right option for you.

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