Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that passes shockwaves through the skin to the area of damage to stimulate a healing response. Within the foot and ankle ESWT is indicated in the management of plantarfasciits and tendon pathology especially the Achilles tendon.
Shockwave treatment is performed once a week over three consecutive weeks with each treatment lasting approximately ten minutes.
ESWT is safe but the treatment can be painful and following treatment bruising and discomfort, which may last a couple of days can develop.
For both conditions significant improvement can take up to three months to occur
The treatment code for planatarfasciitis is T5780
The treatment code for Achilles tendinopathy is T7250
It is important to know that not all insurers cover this treatment so you may wish to check with your provider.