A new high-tech treatment for plantar fasciitis

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy & Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

Are you struggling with heel pain?  Have you tried over the counter treatment options, but got little success?  Luckily, Dr. Harvey Danciger has an option that can help relieve your heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.  Extracorporeal shockwave therapy may be the answer you are looking for to alleviate your painful heel symptoms.  Since 2012 when we first posted this information, we had used shock wave but since 2013 wh have been using laser treatments for these problems and have found better results and success.

At our Palm Desert, CA podiatric office, extracorporeal shockwave therapy is available.  It is a relatively new form of treatment designed to treat chronic foot pain.  A common foot condition that uses extracorporeal shockwave therapy and has positive results is plantar fasciitis.

How Does Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Work?

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a controlled mechanical explosion that creates a sonic pulse. It creates micro trauma on the inflamed or injured plantar fascia tendon. This shockwave micro trauma stimulates healing functions in the body. It helps the body increase the amount of healing cells produced that is sent to the affected tendon. This therapy also helps increase the amount of blood flow. The process works well enough to stimulate the repair process of the plantar fascia tendon.  Not only that, but it also relieves painful symptoms caused by plantar fasciitis and other foot problems.

Who Benefits from Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy?

Low energy shockwave treatment is used in Dr. Danciger’s office for those suffering from chronic plantar fasciitis pain.  Again, if you have tried alternatives but they have given you no pain relief, then extracorporeal shockwave therapy may help. 

The procedure involves the use of a probe, which is put on the affected area.  The probe sends shockwaves through the area and lasts around 20 minutes.  People have experienced little discomfort from the procedure. It takes normally between three to five separate sessions, which happen once a week.  After shockwave therapy, you can perform normal day to day activities in-between treatments.  There are no post treatment symptoms or side effects with extracorporeal shockwave therapy.

Is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Successful?

The results of shockwave therapy are quite successful.  Therapy helps relieve plantar fasciitis pain after a first treatment and up to several weeks following. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis pain and tried orthotics, medication or steroid injections with minimal results, then extracorporeal shockwave therapy might be for you. Dr. Danciger can evaluate your foot, listen to your symptoms and determine if shockwave therapy is the next step for treating your plantar fasciitis pain. 

To learn more about plantar fasciitis and other types of heel pain, request a copy of Dr. Danciger's complimentary book Walk Away From Heel Pain.  If you are interested in setting up an appointment, please call our office at (760) 568-0108 or contact us online

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle