What is the Radial Shockwave Treatment?
Radial Shock Wave Therapy is a fast, gentle, non-surgical method of reducing heel pain. Our method delivers pressure waves that travel through the skin. As these pressure waves come in contact with the inflamed tissue, they stimulate the body’s natural self-healing process. This treatment is safe and effective and has been evaluated by the FDA with randomized, controlled, double-blinded scientific studies.
Check out the video below to see how the Radial Shock Wave Therapy works.
If I have heel pain, can I benefit from this treatment?
Radial shockwave therapy is especially beneficial for patients that have chronic heel pain and have not had much success with traditional therapies such as medications, arch supports, orthotics, steroid injections, or stretching.
Can anyone receive this foot pain treatment?
The podiatrist will determine if you are a candidate for Radial Shock Wave Therapy. It is not recommended for treatment of heel pain in children, pregnant women, or people currently taking medications that inhibit blood clotting.
What is involved in the Chicago heel pain treatment?
The procedure is performed in the office. After an evaluation of your medical history and a physical evaluation, the point or area of maximum pain will be located and marked. Ultrasonic gel is applied to the foot. The RSWT handpiece is then positioned to gently and extensively transmit pressure waves over the injured area. The feedback you provide helps to determine the fine tuning of the impulse energy. Once you are comfortable at a low level, the energy is gradually increased over several minutes.
Are there any side effects of RWST?
There are virtually no side effects with RSWT since no medication, surgery, injections, or anesthesia is involved. Some patients may experience a short period of slight tingling, warmth, or numbness immediately after the treatment.
How soon can I expect results?
Most patients will notice improvement after the first treatment; however, 70-80% of patients notice improved healing between 6 and 12 months after the last treatment.