Big Word of the Week: Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy? It may sound a little scary, but rest assured, it’s actually a safer, non-invasive treatment for bone and tissue injuries in the foot that could otherwise require surgery. Let’s discuss a little about what it is, how it works, and when to ask your podiatrist if extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is right for you.

What is it?

             The procedures and technology behind ESWT originate from practices first used to treat kidney stones. Doctors would reduce the size of kidney stones from outside the body by applying a lithotripsy, or a small, therapeutic shock, to the affected area. Podiatrists have since repurposed this same idea to create an external treatment for internal foot conditions. The primary benefit of choosing a treatment like ESWT is avoiding complications that may occur during surgery. Additionally, patients that choose ESWT may have shorter recovery times than those that elect for surgery. Although, healing all wounds takes time, ESWT helps you get back to doing the things you love faster.

What Does it Treat?

ESWT has proven to be effective in treating internal foot injuries including:

When Should I Talk to My Podiatrist About ESWT?

            Chances are, if you already know what ESWT is, then you’re already regularly working with a podiatrist on a regular basis. The conversations about ESWT usually comes up around the time the patient and doctor have decided together to approach more intensive treatments for the conditions listed above. If you have any concerns or questions about the procedure or the recovery, your doctor will be able to help inform you and make a decision at this time.

            The most important thing to remember is that foot pain doesn’t have to last forever. ESWT is one of my cutting-edge treatments, but it still may not be the right one for you. At Gentle Touch Foot Care in East Orange, NJ, our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM, and Emad Yousef, DPM, specialize in ESWT but are ready and willing to work with you and whatever’s best for your feet. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.  

What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy? It may sound a little scary, but rest assured, it’s actually a safer, non-invasive treatment for bone and tissue injuries in the foot that could otherwise require surgery. Let’s discuss a little about what it is, how it works, and when to ask your podiatrist if extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is right for you.

What is it?

             The procedures and technology behind ESWT originate from practices first used to treat kidney stones. Doctors would reduce the size of kidney stones from outside the body by applying a lithotripsy, or a small, therapeutic shock, to the affected area. Podiatrists have since repurposed this same idea to create an external treatment for internal foot conditions. The primary benefit of choosing a treatment like ESWT is avoiding complications that may occur during surgery. Additionally, patients that choose ESWT may have shorter recovery times than those that elect for surgery. Although, healing all wounds takes time, ESWT helps you get back to doing the things you love faster.

What Does it Treat?

ESWT has proven to be effective in treating internal foot injuries including:

When Should I Talk to My Podiatrist About ESWT?

            Chances are, if you already know what ESWT is, then you’re already regularly working with a podiatrist on a regular basis. The conversations about ESWT usually comes up around the time the patient and doctor have decided together to approach more intensive treatments for the conditions listed above. If you have any concerns or questions about the procedure or the recovery, your doctor will be able to help inform you and make a decision at this time.

            The most important thing to remember is that foot pain doesn’t have to last forever. ESWT is one of my cutting-edge treatments, but it still may not be the right one for you. At Gentle Touch Foot Care in East Orange, NJ, our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM, and Emad Yousef, DPM, specialize in ESWT but are ready and willing to work with you and whatever’s best for your feet. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.  

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