Chronic heel pain comprises about 15% of foot ailments among adults 40 years and above, particularly women. This is due to the chronic inflammation of tissues connecting the heel bones and the toes. Obesity is also a key factor.
While 95% of heel pain cases can be treated with orthotics, stretching exercises, and anti-inflammatory medications, some cases require surgery which can affect the function of the heel. The good news is that a non-invasive procedure that makes use of sound shock waves proves to be effective in bringing relief to severe, chronic, and unresponsive heel pain.
Since shock wave therapy is virtually pain-free, patients can go back to normal activity a day after the treatment. Just like the machines used in eliminating kidney stones, shock wave therapy boasts of a lithotriptor device to produce the waves that are directed to the affected area. The shock waves cause the bone-marrow to hemorrhage and fracture, then a new bone develops as a healing response.
Author: Ramon Bravante