CHICAGO, IL, June 15, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Many people don't realize just how hard their feet work every day. Walking might seem like a simple, low-impact activity, but in fact, it puts tremendous pressure on the toes and heels-nearly double that of a person's body weight with each step. On average, people take about 8,000 steps a day, adding up to a total of nearly 120,000 miles in a lifetime. Even though feet play an important in performing everyday activities, their care is often overlooked. It is easy to take feet for granted until those everyday activities become uncomfortable due to foot pain. When that happens, Chicago podiatrist Mark A. Jones is here to help.
Healing Heels with Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy is a breakthrough procedure that helps restore mobility in joints and provides muscle pain relief. It can be used to treat any number of conditions, but many podiatrists utilize shockwave therapy on particularly troublesome foot conditions. This treatment option is now available to Chicago patients with chronic heel pain.
Shockwaves were first used in the 1980s to treat kidney stones, but more recently, doctors have discovered their therapeutic advantages. These high-energy acoustic waves can actually stimulate metabolism and improve blood circulation in damaged joints and muscles-essentially mocking the body's natural healing process. This helps to both heal the damaged tissue and promote cell regrowth. Shockwave therapy doubles as a painkiller, typically numbing the affected area during treatment. As a treatment method to reduce heel pain, this therapy holds an impressive ninety percent success rate. Shockwave therapy is fast-acting and effective in treating heel pain, and it also allows patients to avoid expensive and invasive surgeries.
Who is Eligible for Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is a great option for Chicago residents who suffer from chronic heel pain and have tried alternative treatments with little or no success. Typically, a podiatrist will recommend shockwave therapy if:
- The patient has sustained a foot injury that has damaged muscle tissue
- The patient has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis
- The patient has experienced chronic pain for more than three months
- The patient has a preexisting condition (like tendonitis) that affects connective tissues in the foot
- The patient has exhausted all alternative forms of treatment
Most patients who receive two or three sessions of shockwave therapy also undergo traditional physiotherapy. Though almost anyone can be a potential candidate for shockwave therapy, a podiatrist must first assess a person's condition to determine if SWT is the best treatment option.
For more information about shockwave therapy in the Chicago area, or to find out if you might be a good candidate for shockwave therapy, call (312) 923-1100 today.
About The Center of Podiatric Medicine: Chicago podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine are all specially trained to deal with any podiatric need that may arise in their patients. Their practice offers a variety of services including laser treatment for toenail fungus at the River North office location. Each podiatrist at the practice belongs to a variety of professional podiatric organizations and regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure they are providing the most effective and up to date service to their patients as possible.
Center for Podiatric Medicine
414 North Orleans, Suite 212
Chicago, IL 60654
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