Achilles tendinitis is a painful condition that can cause irritation in your ankle, foot, and back of your leg. If conservative treatments haven’t relieved your symptoms, you might find yourself in significant discomfort that limits your everyday activities.
Thankfully, when other treatments haven’t worked for your achilles tendinitis, board-qualified podiatrist Ryan Golub, DPM, has the perfect noninvasive, non-surgical solution for you at Arizona Foot Health in Phoenix, Arizona. Using advanced technology, Pulse Wave Therapy can treat achilles tendinitis in just four weeks.
Keep reading to learn more about how Pulse Wave Therapy can relieve the pain you’re experiencing from achilles tendinitis.
What is achilles tendinitis?
Achilles tendinitis is caused when your achilles tendon, which extends from your calf to heel muscles on the back of your leg, becomes inflamed. This can happen from participating in athletic activities with a lot of running and jumping, having tight calf muscles, and foot deformities like heel spurs.
Having achilles tendinitis can be excruciatingly painful and even make it difficult to walk. Symptoms of achilles tendinitis include:
- Pain, stiffness, or swelling on your achilles tendon or back of your heel that’s worse in the morning or after activity.
- Exercise causing severe pain in your achilles tendon.
- A visibly thickening achilles tendon.
- Developing a bone spur.
Untreated, achilles tendinitis puts your achilles tendon at risk for tearing or rupturing, a serious injury with significant recovery time. If you feel a pop in your achilles tendon, seek emergency care immediately.
About Pulse Wave Therapy
Pulse Wave Therapy is an advanced technology that has been proven to heal soft tissues at a rate more quickly than your body’s own natural healing. The technology is FDA cleared and requires no invasive treatments or techniques.
The Pulse Wave Therapy technology uses ballistic sound waves to help your body recognize a chronic injury and that it needs to bring attention to it. This triggers and accelerates your body’s natural healing response, improving blood flow to the area and releasing healing biochemicals.
Pulse Wave Therapy is at least as effective as surgical treatments, without the long healing process or risks of surgery. You can get Pulse Wave Therapy right at the Arizona Foot Health office in quick, convenient sessions that take less time than other comparable outpatient treatments like physical therapy.
How Pulse Wave Therapy treats achilles tendinitis
It used to be that your only option for treating severe achilles tendinitis that didn’t respond to conservative treatment measures was a surgical procedure. Now, with Pulse Wave Therapy technology, you can treat your achilles tendinitis for good without any of the risks of surgery.
When Dr. Golub places the Pulse Wave Therapy application on and around your achilles tendon, it sends signals to your body to send additional healing there. This can cause immediate relief or graduation improvement throughout your treatment course.
Understanding your Pulse Wave Therapy treatment session
Getting Pulse Wave Therapy on your achilles tendon is easy, painless, and fast. A typical session only takes around five minutes.
During each session, Dr. Golub places the applicator in the impacted areas in and around your achilles tendon and moves it slowly in a circular motion. You might feel pulses of energy and very mild discomfort.
In the day or two after Pulse Wave Therapy, you might feel a minor soreness in your achilles tendon similar to how you might feel after vigorous exercise. You’ll start to feel pain relief and healing as soon as immediately after the session or as a gradual process throughout the treatment course.
Your treatment sessions are mapped out to best treat your achilles tendinitis by Dr. Golub. Typically, to get the maximum benefit from Pulse Wave Therapy, you can expect to get 15 sessions multiple times a week over a 4-5 week period.
If you have achilles tendinitis or another foot and ankle tissue injury, Pulse Wave Therapy can relieve your pain. To get started, make your appointment at Arizona Foot Health over the phone or online.