Shock Wave Therapy: Effective Pain Treatment In Edmonton

If you suffer from heel spurs or plantar fasciitis as it is more correctly known, you are not alone. Over half a million people in the world suffer from this condition each year, causing them pain and as a result preventing them from going about their daily routine. 

Unfortunately, the risk of developing the condition is not discriminatory, although it typically affects athletes, runners, and people who are very overweight. It also affects people who need to stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time, for example hairdressers, shop assistants and chefs.

Physiotherapy, steroid injections and effective shockwave therapy in Edmonton can help relieve the symptoms of plantar fasciitis in most cases, although for chronic cases surgery has been the only option available to patients.

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The problem with this, however, is that surgery carries many risks and can lead to complications, including infection, and it is not a foolproof method of treating the condition, with only a 50% success rate. In addition to this, the recovery time can take between six and eight weeks.

Fortunately, patients suffering from chronic foot and ankle pain can now undergo shock wave therapy, which is a non-surgical and highly successful way of treating plantar fasciitis, and also offers a much quicker recovery time. 

It works by sending a radial shock wave through the surface of the skin and targeting the damaged or injured tissue. The shock wave causes an inflammatory response within the tissue which encourages the area to heal faster as the blood vessels regenerate faster. In addition to this, it also acts as a pain reliever.