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Painless Shockwave therapy for Heel Pain, Plantar fascitis, and Achilles Tendonitis

How can you eliminate my heel pain?

Conservative at-home treatment for heel pain includes stretching exercises and the daily application of ice to the painful area. I will usually recommend an over the counter or prescription anti-inflammatory medication and a night splint to aid in the gentle stretching of the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia.

What is ESWT/EPAT treatment for heel and arch pain and Achilles tendonitis?

ESWT (extra-corporeal shock wave therapy) is an in-office treatment used to relieve heel and arch pain (plantar fasciitis), Achilles tendon pain, and other soft tissue foot ailments.  I utilize the Storz EPAT device given in three painless treatments over the course of three weeks.  No anesthesia is needed during the 20-minute treatment and you will experience excellent long-term results.  There is no down time after each application; normal activity can be resumed immediately. There are no risks or side effects and the full effect of the treatment will be felt around 10-12 weeks after the initial treatment.

Are there any prescription medications for heel pain and tendonitis?

Both over-the-counter and prescription anti-inflammatory medications can be used to reduce the inflammation that cause heel pain, however, they only provide temporary relief.  Iwill review your individual risk before deciding together on the proper treatment plan for you.

What about Custom Foot Orthotics?

Custom foot orthotics can be prescribed and are recommended as an adjunct long-term treatment in addition to the ESWT/EPAT treatment.  While the ESWT treatment will eliminate the pain, custom foot orthotics are used to prevent recurrence.

How will I know if the ESWT/EPAT treatment is working?

As the treatment begins to work you will notice a dramatic decrease in discomfort.  Typically, you will feel the complete effectiveness between 10-12 weeks, however every patient experience differs slightly.

Contact Dr. Scott Rubenstein at 212-674-1120 and visit our website www.MetroPodiatry.com for more information 

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Dr Scott Rubenstein Board Certified Podiatrist - Foot Surgeon

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