Do you have chronic ankle, foot, or heel pain? Shockwave therapy may help. Shockwave therapy is a noninvasive way to help promote natural healing so you feel better without the need for invasive surgery or other aggressive treatments. As a fellowship-trained, double-board certified podiatrist, Dr. Kevin Blue, DPM, FACFAS, is skilled in shockwave therapy treatment for many types of foot and ankle issues in patients throughout the Parker, Colorado region. At Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine, he uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to ensure the most effective treatment based on each patient’s needs to relieve pain and improve mobility and range of motion.
Sometimes called extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), shockwave therapy is a noninvasive medical treatment for chronic pain in the heel and other areas of the foot, ankle, and lower leg.
Approved by the FDA, ESWT uses high-intensity sound waves emitted by a special device through the skin without incisions, sedation or anesthesia. When properly applied by a skilled podiatrist, this therapy can be very effective in:
Shockwave therapy is also used to treat pain in other areas of the body, including the neck, shoulders, and back.
Shockwave therapy uses highly focused waves of sound energy to target specific areas of tissue where damage has occurred. These sound waves create very small areas of controlled damage that work to stimulate the body’s natural healing responses. Plus, the waves promote better circulation and drainage in the area to help reduce inflammation and support optimal healing. The focused nature of the delivery system ensures that surrounding healthy tissues are unaffected by the treatment.
Dr. Blue performs shockwave therapy right in the office using state-of-the-art equipment specifically designed for podiatric treatments. During a treatment session, Dr. Blue will apply a special handpiece directly to the area of the foot or ankle that’s symptomatic. As the device emits focused beams of sound energy, Dr. Blue will gently move the handpiece across and around the treatment area to ensure every area receives attention.
You may experience some mild tingling sensations during treatment as the energy is delivered to the treatment area and penetrates the damaged tissues to begin the healing process. Most treatment sessions take about a half hour to complete, depending on the area that’s being treated. It takes about 1-3 months to feel the full effects once the injured area has healed.
Although most people feel some degree of relief from painful symptoms even after a single treatment, the majority of patients need several treatments to achieve meaningful, long-term relief of more severe symptoms. Dr. Blue usually provides additional treatments spaced about a week apart to promote continual healing. There’s no downtime after treatment, so you’ll be able to return to your normal routine immediately afterward.
"Extremely knowledgeable about foot and ankle conditions. Wonderful doctor, great office and staff, would recommend his services to anyone."
"Dr. Blue has great bedside manner and is a great surgeon as well. He has cared for many of my patients, friends and co-workers and the feedback is always excellent."
"I was lucky enough to be referred to Dr. Blue and he was able to come up with a treatment plan that has cleared up my gout issues and has given me a new hop in my step."
"I am very selective about the doctors I see, so I chose Dr. Blue based on his reviews and certifications. Dr. Blue is thorough and detailed oriented."