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Pros and Cons of Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) for plantar fasciitis (pain around your heel and arch of your foot)


Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy or ESWT is a non-surgical procedure that uses a series of energy that creates low-intensity acoustic pulse (Shockwave) to stimulate the body to repair connective tissues and regenerate cell growth on its own.

To heal the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, there will be pain in the inflamed or injured area while Shockwave Therapy is applied. But the level of applied energy can be adjusted to patient’s suitability so the pain can be tolerated.

Precautions when treating with Shockwave Therapy

  • The use of Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is often avoided in pregnant women, cancer patient, patients with fever or sick, and patients with musculoskeletal disorders who suffer from various autoimmune diseases.
  • Depending on the symptoms and diagnosis, Shockwave Therapy may require several consecutive sessions until an effective result is shown. The gap between each session may be in the range of 5-10 days.

It is important to understand that Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is only an initial treatment. Once the pain has relieved, the cause or factors that have result in plantar fasciitis should be treated with various physiotherapies and exercises that will help restoring your feet. The best way would be to take preventive measures and care before the pain develop. Regular stretching exercise, wearing wide, flat shoes with soft soles and avoid putting heavy weight on your feet can keep you away from developing plantar fasciitis.

#Because feet are foundations of your body that let you stand on your own

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