Richard Hochman DPM, LLC
Podiatry & Alternative Medicine located in Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Are you struggling with heel pain related to plantar fasciitis? What if there was a solution to trigger your body’s healing process to free you from heel pain? Conveniently located in Coral Gables, Florida, Richard Hochman DPM, LLC, offers shockwave therapy, a quick, nonsurgical treatment to help you enjoy optimal foot health. To find out if this treatment might be right for you, call or schedule a consultation online today.
Shockwave Therapy Q & A
What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical treatment for heel pain. Also called extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), the procedure uses sound waves to break up unhealthy tissues and trigger your body’s own healing process.
Shockwave therapy is safe, quick, and requires little downtime. It’s performed once and doesn’t require multiple treatment sessions.
What does shockwave therapy treat?
Shockwave therapy treats heel pain. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis Plantar fasciitis happens with an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tight band of fibrous tissue running from your heel toward your toes.
The symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Burning sensations and aching
- Pain on the bottom of your heel
- Pain that increases over a period of several months
- Pain that’s worse when you get up in the morning or after sitting for a long time
As the day goes on and your foot tissues warm up with use, the pain from plantar fasciitis might fade a bit. But it returns fairly quickly if you engage in heavy physical activity or stand for a long time.
Am I a candidate for shockwave therapy?
You may benefit from shockwave therapy if you have heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, and conservative treatments haven’t helped your condition. Dr. Hochman will take a full medical history and perform a thorough exam to determine whether shockwave therapy is right for you.
What should I expect during shockwave therapy?
To make you comfortable during the procedure, you may be given a local anesthetic injection behind your ankle to numb the treatment area. Then, Dr. Hochman applies a gel solution to your skin and positions the shockwave device over your foot.
Once treatment begins, you’ll be able to hear the shock waves and can opt for earplugs if you’d like. Your treatment should last about 25 minutes. When the anesthesia wears off, you may feel a little discomfort in the treatment area.
Eventually, your natural healing process takes over, creating new blood vessels in the treatment area. Most patients feel little or no pain 1-3 weeks after treatment.
If you’re ready to explore advanced, non-surgical treatment to put heel pain behind you, call today or book a consultation online with Richard Hochman, DPM.