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Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment

Published February 28, 2015

When conservative treatments for plantar fasciitis have not relieved pain, another non-surgical effective treatment option is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT). 

One of the challenges in treating plantar fasciitis is the poor blood flow to the plantar fascia. ESWT addresses the issue of blood flow by focusing therapeutic shockwaves to create micro trauma and small tears to the plantar fascia and stimulating blood flow. The micro trauma and tears stimulate the body to heal itself reducing inflammation and pain. ESWT is a one-time treatment that is relatively pain free and 90 percent successful.  

Following the ESWT treatment, patients often return to a normal, active lifestyle. The modern advancement of ESWT has reduced the need for surgery for those who suffer from plantar fasciitis to only 5 to 10 percent.  ESWT is a non-invasive procedure and is an available treatment option that can be performed in the office. The doctors at Progressive Foot Care are available to evaluate your pain and can let you know if ESWT is a good treatment option for you. 

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