By targeting affected areas with high-energy sound waves, shockwave therapy stimulates metabolism and enhances blood circulation to heal damaged tissue and bone, accelerating the healing process without the need for surgery or medication.
Shockwave therapy for feet offers medical professionals like podiatrists, chiropractors, and physiotherapists a non-invasive and drug-free treatment modality for many conditions. Here are some proven examples.
A recent study from the Federal University of São Paulo examined the data of 56 patients with plantar fasciitis from 2017 to 2018. Researchers measured outcomes using the VAS, AOFAS and SF-36 scales at the beginning of treatment and then reevaluated patients three, six, and 12 weeks later.
Progressive improvement in all scales was seen each time patients were reevaluated, leading researchers to conclude shockwave therapy was an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis.
To examine the effectiveness of using shockwave therapy to treat chronic non-insertional Achilles tendinopathy, one study combined shockwave therapy with an eccentric loading program followed by stretching exercises.
Patients were divided into two groups. The study group received shockwave therapy while the control group received a sham treatment. While both groups improved from baseline, the study group saw “significantly greater improvements in both the short and long term.”
A study published in the International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health combined shockwave therapy with contrast baths and Achilles stretches to treat retrocalcaneal bursitis.
Thirty patients were divided into two groups. Group A used contrast baths and Achilles stretching exercises while group B received both in addition to shockwave therapy. Researchers measured pain, active range of motion of ankle dorsiflexion and plantarflexion, and functional ability using the VAS scale, a goniometer, and the Roles and Maudsley’s score respectively.
Researchers noted significant improvements in all measurements in the shockwave group compared to the control group.
A recent paper reviewed the evidence for using shockwave therapy to treat foot and ankle fracture nonunions. Researchers found union rates of 65–100 per cent and 90–100 per cent at three and six months after shockwave therapy respectively. They noted that there were no major complications in any of the studies.
Shockwave Therapy for Feet
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