Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

What is Shockwave therapy?

Put simply, shockwave therapy delivers a wave of mechanical energy to the plantar fascia. This mechanical energy in turn triggers inflammation, increasing blood flow to the plantar fascia. Shockwave therapy harnesses the body’s own healing response.

How effective is Shockwave therapy?

Some studies show almost 90% of patients will be cured of pain after a course of treatment.

How many sessions are typically required?

During your initial assessment you will be assessed by Mr Weaver. This assessment with include an ultrasound scan of your plantar fascia the scan data is often predictive of how many sessions you will require. However, patients require somewhere between 3-6 sessions, and in severe cases 8 sessions.

Is the treatment painful?

A patient once described the treatment by saying “…it’s like having a mini pneumatic drill placed against your heel for 30 minutes…you definitely know you are having something done…the initial discomfort is definitely manageable and the discomfort eases off after a few minutes.”

Do you need an anaesthetic?

No. The treatment is well tolerated by patients. If you are finding the treatment a struggle the settings on the machine can be altered to reduce your discomfort levels.

Are there any side effects?

Most patients report no issues after treatment at all.   A small number of patients report a temporary increase in pain and swelling and bruising or numbness of the area treated.  All of these issues are transient lasting only 1-2 days and are typically not enough to interfere with you going about your normal activities of daily living.

Is shockwave therapy covered by private medical insurance?

Some providers do cover treatment costs. However, policies vary enormously so we recommend that you check with your provider.

Can I drive myself home after treatment?