Posted on: 26 October 2021Share
Each day, people throughout Australia experience foot problems that make their lives less comfortable. If you're experiencing foot pain and have tried lots of therapies, you may want to consider shockwave treatments. Here are some of the ways shockwave therapies can keep your feet healthy and reduce your foot woes.
Reducing Nerve Fibre Pain
Your feet contain nerve fibres that help to transmit sensations to your brain. These fibres play a protective role, as they alert your brain to when something is wrong. However, some conditions can stimulate them too much and make them feel very uncomfortable. For example, plantar fasciitis can result in sharp shooting pains every time you take a step, which makes simple tasks difficult. Shockwave treatment stimulates extra blood flow to the area. This extra blood flow temporarily induces inflammation, which results in a healing cascade. As the healing takes place, you'll experience less pain, and you'll have an easier time performing everyday tasks.
Promoting Greater Healing
Increased blood flow throughout your feet helps to promote greater healing in a few ways. First, your circulatory system plays a strong role in removing toxins from areas that require healing. It also delivers nutrients and oxygen to the area. Overall, fewer toxins, more nutrients, and more oxygen can help soft tissues have an easier time healing. This healing can apply to a range of conditions, including those that relate to diabetes and injuries that arise from sports. Shockwave therapy can also reduce scar tissue, which may make mobilising and engaging with physiotherapy easier.
Activating Stem Cells
There is some evidence to suggest that shockwave therapy actives stem cell production. Stem cells are key to repair and regeneration, as they are new cells that have an opportunity to lay down fresh tissue. This repair and regeneration can apply to a number of tissues, including muscles and tendons that suffer following an injury. As a result, you can use shockwaves to tackle conditions, such as arthritis, the damage that arises following poor diabetes management, and sports injuries. These treatments can extend to areas, such as your heel and your ankle. Once you use shockwave treatment to successfully repair your feet, you need to focus on the root cause of the problem to prevent it from happening again.
If you're currently struggling with foot pain and injuries, speak to your podiatrist about using shockwaves. If they feel that you're a suitable candidate, they can schedule you for treatment sessions.