ESWT being applied to the insertion of the achilles tendon
Close up view
WHAT IS EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY (ESWT)?
ESWT is a non invasive surgical procedure that uses shockwaves to simulate the healing process in certain conditions of the foot such as achilles insertional tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Extracorporeal means outside the body. This refers to the method in which the therapy is applied. There are no incisions. Patients benefit from no associated complications of surgery and it can be applied as an outpatient procedure.
WHO ARE THE CANDIDATES FOR EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY (ESWT)?
Candidates for ESWT are those in which conservative treatments for their condition have failed. Conservative treats for heal pain include non steroidal anti inflammatory medication, point specific steroid injections, insoles, stretching exercises and physical therapy.
Patients who suffer from bleeding tendencies or who are on medication that leads to bleediong tendencies are contraindicated for the treatment. Your Foot and Ankle Surgeon will determine whether this treatment is suitable for you.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE TREATMENT?
ESWT is mainly done on an outpatient basis. Anti inflammatory medication is stopped 5 days prior to the treatment. Shockwaves are applied using a machine to the respective areas in various intensities. Treatment usually takes around 30 minutes to be performed. Treatment will be performed 3 to 5 times, on a weekly basis dependant on the response to treatment.
Do contact your Consultant Foot and Ankle Surgeon if you are interested in knowing more about this treatment.
Dr Khairul Faizi Mohammad
Consultant Foot and Ankle Surgeon
KUALA LUMPUR FOOT ANKLE CLINIC
Pantai Hospital Cheras
Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Pantai Hospital Ampang