You may have read my recent post about the foot pain I have had of late. Self administration of an assortment of therapies and treatments has yielded a bit of improvement. Some days have been good. Monday gone was horrible and led me to administer heavy duty prescribed meds to ease the pain.
Today I had a heel pain assessment and the first of six shockwave therapy treatments. Until last week I didn’t even know that a heel pain clinic existed. Turns out I have plantar fasciosis, not fasciitis. Same devil, different causes. Treatment of choice is shockwave therapy. Along with some other things like home exercises.
So what does this therapy do? A lot it turns out –
Breaks up calcification
Releases trigger points
Blood vessels are remodeled, stimulated to grow and new ones are formed. Which in turn improves blood supply and oxygenation, therefore faster healing
Reverses chronic inflammation
Stimulates collagen production for repair processes
This is what it looks and sounds like.
From my end of the experience I felt the shock waves on my foot, obviously – and in my jaw. My teeth were clattering. A little. I called the shots for the strength of shocks. So I told the podiatrist to ramp it up. It didn’t feel strong enough. By the end of the treatment, which only lasted a few minutes, I was ready to call it quits. It was starting to hurt – a lot. A bit like being attached to a modern, electronic torture chamber. I may be being a tad melodramatic, but it hurt!
Shockwave therapy is good for fast pain relief and mobility restoration. It is non-invasive. The wave itself is acoustic and carries high energy to tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones to help regenerate and repair damage.
At the end of the session my foot was strapped to provide support whilst healing. Now, some six hours post treatment, I have had a few sharp stabs of pain. To be expected I was told. My heel is a bit tender but overall there is an improvement. I return in a week for the next round of torture.