What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy: Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT).  This treatment is the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment method cleared by the FDA for chronic heel pain associated with Achilles Tendonitis, Heel Spurs, or Plantar Fasciitis.

This technology is based on a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate your metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process.  Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals.

This FDA-cleared technology was developed in Europe and is currently used around the globe.  The beneficial effects are often experienced after only 3 treatments.  Some patients report immediate pain relief after the treatment, although it can take up to 4 weeks for pain relief.  Treatments eliminate pain and restore full mobility, thus improving your quality of life.  More than 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction.

How does Shockwave Therapy work?

Low frequency sound waves, also known as shock waves, are aimed at the injured area through a hand held applicator. The shock waves penetrate deep into the soft tissues, stimulating blood flow, accelerating the body’s natural healing process. Generally four treatments over four weeks are needed in our office, each lasting about 15 minutes. During treatments, patients may experience some discomfort which may continue for a few days.  It is normal to have some residual pain after intense exercise or a full day of work.

What are the benefits of Shockwave Therapy?

  • Non-invasive
  • NO anesthesia required
  • NO side effects
  • NO incision so no risk of infection
  • NO hospital stay
  • NO Faster healing
  • NO missed work or school
  • NO down time
  • Actually heals the tissues not just mask the symptoms

Shockwave Therapy is not covered by insurance.  It is an elective out-of-pocket cost.  Some patients use their Flexible Spending Accounts to cover this therapy.

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Are you ready to be rid of heel pain?  Schedule your appointment with Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic to see if Shockwave Therapy is the right choice for your pain.

Call our Universal City Location 210.375.3318, or Pleasanton Location 830.569.3338 or book an appointment online.