What is Shockwave (Radial Pulse) Therapy?
By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shockwave Therapy  

Chronic foot pain can be a frustrating problem, especially if conservative treatments like shoe inserts and rest haven't brought you any shockwave therapyrelief. For situations such as this, Dr. Arthur Kaplan of NY Sports Podiatry may recommend radial pulse therapy to help you. Also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy or EWST, your Port Washington foot doctor uses radial pulse therapy to treat a variety of chronic foot-related conditions. You can learn more about this helpful treatment here.

How does shockwave therapy work?

Your Port Washington foot doctor will use a hand-held applicator to perform EWST. The applicator delivers pulses of energy - similar to ripples on the surface of water - to the targeted areas of the foot, where they are absorbed by the muscles underneath. This action triggers the body's immune system to increase circulation and cell regeneration, with the ultimate goal of enhancing and speeding up the healing process.

Is shockwave therapy painful?

EWST is a non-invasive treatment, which means it's non-surgical and doesn't require any recovery time. However, you may experience some temporary discomfort during your radial pulse therapy session with your Port Washington foot doctor; this is often due to stimulation of the injured area. In these cases, the intensity of the pulses can be adjusted.

How can shockwave therapy help me?

Shockwave therapy can be very beneficial to people who have been diagnosed with chronic foot conditions such as Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, or heel spurs. Studies have shown that shin splints and stress fractures of the foot can also respond positively to this therapy. Many patients of Dr. Kaplan find relief from their conditions within a month of weekly treatments, although the maximum benefits tend to take several weeks to fully develop.

If you've been dealing with chronic foot pain and other treatments haven't helped, it may be time to consider shockwave therapy with Dr. Arthur Kaplan. Contact NY Sports Podiatry in Port Washington, New York to schedule a consultation today!

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