Speaker 1: Hi, this is Dr. Marc Katz in Tampa and we’re continuing our educational series. I want to talk today about shockwave which has nothing to do with shocking so that’s good news. It’s also referred to as radiowave therapy. This is something that’s been done for years and it’s used for heel pain and pain on the back of the heel and the bottom of the heel so Achilles pain, plantar fasciitis, which is the band inflamed on the bottom of your heel. This is an alternative treatment that is used when other treatments don’t work out for you. Also to avoid having that surgery, this is a great way of getting rid of your pain.
The idea is, is that we pulse energy into the heel or the back of the heel near the Achilles tendon and what that does is that awakens the body and the body realizes that there’s some activity going on there and it needs to come in, bring in certain cells to repair the area and also bring in various types of growth factors to just get the whole process moving and the healing needs to start again and that’s what it’s going to do. The reason that’s not going on is because the body often goes into what I call the protective mode. The protective mode is where you have a damaged area such as the band on the bottom of your foot, the plantar fascia, or your Achilles tendon. The body is trying to protect it so it just leaves that alone.
It doesn’t really do anything to it and it sits there and stays inflamed and the body isn’t sending in anything to repair and it’s just trying to keep anything from happening further. Now of course we keep going and so we continue to damage it and then we end up with worse problems. We need to get the body out of that protective mode. The way we do that is with this therapy which is sometimes referred to as shockwave therapy or radiowave therapy. In addition there are certain types of other therapies called Prolotherapy and we’ve discussed this in some other educational videos, but this is an excellent treatment for these types of pains and to avoid surgery.
If you have heel pain or Achilles pain and even other areas of the foot sometimes this works well, you can contact us at 813-875-0555 or on the web at thetampapodiatrist.com. Thanks and have a great day.