Runners often complain of mild to more severe pain in the back of their legs or just above the heel bone. This is often because of Achilles tendinopathy, an injury to the Achilles tendon, caused by overuse of the tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to the heel bone.
Over 150,000 people are affected by Achilles tendinopathy every year.
In addition to experiencing pain, some patients also feel tenderness, stiffness, morning pain, and intermittent swelling which increases after physical activity.
Shockwave therapy provides pain-relieving effects for Achilles tendinopathy by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation. The MASTERPULS® Ultra MP50, MP100, and MP200 and MASTERPULS® ONE machines, from Storz Medical, available at Shockwave Canada, can be used in the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy.
The F15 White Soft transmitter head, designed by Storz Medical, in particular, is great for treating indications where there is not as much muscular padding, such as the Achilles tendon. The soft pressure waves, emitted by the transmitter, are very effective in treating the condition.