Greensboro, Georgia (October 16, 2007) – If you are a chronic heel pain sufferer, relief could be on the way. Village Podiatry Group has introduced a revolutionary treatment that is non-invasive and does not require anesthesia. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, (ESWT), is a simple, in-office procedure that has been proven effective in clinical trials to provide significant pain relief.
ESWT, commonly referred to as Shockwave Therapy, is a non-surgical option for the treatment of intense and chronic heel pain associated with the condition known as Plantar Fasciitis. The Plantar Fascia is a strong ligament that helps to maintain the structure and arch of the foot. It extends from the base of the toes to the heel bone. Plantar Fasciitis is the condition caused by overuse or injury. It is commonly found in active adults who play golf and tennis or who are runners. The condition is also found in professional athletes, overweight individuals and people whose career or lifestyle has them standing on their feet or hard surfaces for extended periods of time. When the Plantar Fascia is strained due to overuse it gets irritated and tender. The resulting inflammation causes pain that may include a burning sensation on the sole of the foot and recurring foot pain especially after getting out of bed in the morning or after sitting.
Treatment with Shockwave Therapy involves the placement of a wand-type instrument onto the affected area of pain. High intensity sound waves are emitted to the tissue around the fascia nerve near the heel. The chronic inflammation that was causing the pain becomes an acute inflammation and the body responds by increasing circulation and cellular metabolism around the affected soft tissue.
“Shockwave Therapy instigates the body’s own healing processes by treating the source of the pain. The Swiss DolorClast® Method does more than mask the pain it offers a successful, long term solution in eliminating the pain. Application of the treatment protocol takes less than five minutes to complete,” said Dr. David Helfman.
Shockwave Therapy is best suited for heel pain sufferers who have been unsuccessful in managing pain through the use of conventional treatment such as stretching, icing, orthotics, cortisone injections and over-the-counter pain relievers. Prior to being treated with ESWT, patients must have been diagnosed with chronic Plantar Fasciitis for at least six months. The Swiss DolorClast® Method is intended to be used by patients who are 18 years of age or older.
Treatment requires the patient to undergo a total of three treatment sessions spaced 7-10 days apart in order to realize the maximum benefits. Patients normally notice a gradual improvement in heel pain over time. Significant improvement occurs over a period of three months after the final treatment.
When compared to surgery, Shockwave Therapy has considerably fewer side effects. Surgery performed on the plantar fascia will often lead to 4-6 weeks of rehabilitation and decreased mobility for that period of time. The use of Shockwave Therapy in treating Plantar Fasciitis eliminates the risks associated with surgery and general anesthesia. As with most new treatment procedures, ESWT may not be covered by medical insurance.
“This is an important breakthrough in pain treatment,” said Dr. Helfman. “I have seen significant improvement in my patients in Atlanta who had chronic heel pain and received the Shockwave Therapy treatment. It has been a great benefit in restoring their daily quality of life.”
The Greensboro office is located at 1000 Cowles Clinic Way just off Linger Longer Road. For more information on Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for heel pain or to request an appointment, call (706) 453-9930.