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Revolutionary New Treatment For Heel Pain

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Do you wake up in the morning and dread that first step on the floor?

You know you have to get out of bed, but put it off because the pain in your heel is excruciating? Does it feel like walking on glass?

Heel pain can be a debilitating problem. For those people who have suffered from it know that it can alter your entire life. You no longer have the luxury of just ‘going for a walk’ because you know that about half way your heel starts to hurt, and you end up limping home. For those people who have to stand for a living, like in retail, heel pain can make your life miserable, and you can be literally in tears by the end of your shift.

But don’t worry, we have the solution for you!

A new revolutionary treatment for heel pain has arrived at Sutherland Podiatry Centre!

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, (or ESWT), is a new technology using shockwaves to treat chronic, painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system. A shockwave is an intense, but very short energy wave travelling faster than the speed of sound. The word “Extra-corporeal” means “outside the body” and refers to the fact that the shockwaves are generated outside the body by the device.

  1. How long does each session take:

Approx 15-20 minutes

  1. 2. How many treatments required:

3-6 visits depending on pain reduction

  1. How often are treatments required:

Weekly, depending in patient tolerance and tissue response

  1. What is the success rate of ESWT?

Between 77-80%

  1. Does the treatment hurt?

Depending upon the level of pain the patient is already experiencing in the area, there may be some discomfort during each treatment. However, most patients are able to tolerate the treatments very well since it only lasts for about 5 minutes. Also, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted to allow for some analgesic effect in the beginning of each session.

  1. Will there be pain after the treatment?

Most patients will experience immediate relief of pain following the treatment. However, within 2-4 hours they may experience soreness in the area. The soreness has been reported as being very tolerable and may last a few hours to several days. If you should experience this soreness, DO NOT use ice on the area. Since one of the desired effects of Shockwave treatments is an “inflammatory response”; use of anti-inflammatory medications (such as Ibuprophen, Voltaren, Advil, etc.) is not recommended. Most patients have reported very good results with Tylenol. The soreness is typically gone within 4-24 hours without any form of intervention.

  1. What about ‘Physical Activity’ vs ‘Rest’ following the treatment?

It is recommended that you refrain from physical activity, especially the ones that would involve the treated region for 48 hours following each treatment.

If you think this treatment could help your heel pain, give us a call on 9542 3491. Don’t delay in fixing your heel painIMG_1546.

Thanks for reading,

Narelle

 

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Shop 2/17-19 East Parade
Sutherland, NSW 2232

Tel: 02 9542 3491
Email: info@sutherlandpodiatry.com.au