"ExtraCorporeal" means "outside the body." Shock waves are created by very strong acoustic (sound) energy. These shock waves are similar to those used to treat kidney stones without surgery. The shock waves are created by a spark plug that is enclosed in a plastic dome filled with water. During ESW treatment, this dome is placed close against the heel so that the shock waves pass through the dome to the heel. ESW is a new non-invasive and effective treatment of proximal Plantar Fasciitis, a condition that causes pain in heel of the affected foot often associated with heel spurs. An ESW treatment for Plantar Fasciitis usually takes about 30 minutes and is performed as an Outpatient/Same Day procedure. Because no incision is made, patients have a much quicker recovery time, are able to walk immediately, generally have less pain than with other methods. Often these patients are able to return to work in 1-2 days. Please call our office to find out if your insurance carrier pays for this procedure. Not all companies cover this procedure at this time. Special certification is required in order for doctor to perform this procedure.
Older, traditional methods of heel spur surgery required a large surgical incision across the inner side of the heel. A moderately more painful and longer recovery generally exist with this procedure and can last for up to 4-6 weeks, thus delaying your ability to return to work as quickly as ExtraCorporeal Shockwave Therapy or Endoscopic Surgery.
Take good care of your feet. Your feet need rest and proper care. They have to last a lifetime! Tired, sore, achy feet need immediate attention. Ask your podiatrist about exercises to strengthen the small muscles of the foot to help support the injured area and whether or not your condition may surgical care or medical management.