Heel spur and extracorporeal shock wave treatment

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Extracorporeal shock wave treatment has lately become one of the standard treatments for physiotherapists to treat heel spur / plantar fasciitis. The extracorporeal shock wave treatment has a hight succes-ratio. Shockwave is also known as E.S.W.T. (Extracorporeal ShockWave Therapy).

This form of treatment is based on high-frequency sonar waves aimed directly on the heel spur or the surrounding area. These soundwaves are highly energetic and stimulate the affected tendon tissue. Idea is that this stimulates the healing process, stopping the chronical inflammation. Usually 4-8 treatments should at least start to show an improvement.

Extracorporeal shock wave treatment is a bit painfull, dependant on how energetic the shockwaves are applied. The soundwaves can hit quite hard at first, but after a few seconds the first pain usually diminishes a bit, after which the intensity of the soundwaves is increased again, in order to gain a maximum effect. As soon as the treatment stops, the pain stops as well, though sometimes a dull pain stays for 1 or 2 days.

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