Shockwave Therapy Specialist

Ankle and Foot Center of Florida

Aldo M. Gonzalez, D.P.M.

Podiatrist located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

If you’ve received a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis, and conservative methods of care haven’t relieved your symptoms, you may want to consider a state-of-the-art treatment like extracorporeal shockwave therapy (EPAT), more commonly known as shockwave therapy. Aldo M. Gonzalez, DPM, offers shockwave therapy at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida in Palm Beach Gardens. Make your appointment today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.

Shockwave Therapy Q & A

What is shockwave therapy/EPAT?

Shockwave therapy, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy (EPAT), is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure designed to relieve foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and other chronic tendon problems. It stimulates the body’s natural healing process, promoting the growth of new tissue cells in the injured area.

Clinical tests suggest shockwave therapy is both safe and effective. In fact, one FDA study found that patients with chronic plantar fasciitis without the presence of a heel spur experienced a 92% reduction in pain following treatment. 

Shockwave therapy is entirely non-invasive, meaning it’s much more affordable and far less risky than traditional treatments like orthopedic surgery.

How does shockwave therapy work?

Dr. Gonzalez performs shockwave therapy on-site at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida. During treatment, he asks you to lie on an exam table, then places your foot and ankle on a soft, water-filled cushion and administers local anesthesia, ensuring you feel no pain. After the sedative kicks in, Dr. Gonzalez uses an ultrasound scan to get a better look at your plantar fascia or Achilles tendon. 

After pinpointing the source of your discomfort, Dr. Gonzalez directs a series of electromagnetic pulses at the soft tissues in your foot and ankle, a process that causes microtrauma. This microtrauma encourages your body’s natural healing processes by increasing blood vessel formation and boosting the delivery of nutrients to the affected area.

Why should I consider shockwave therapy instead of surgery?

Orthopedic surgery for plantar fasciitis presents serious risks including infection, wound problems, and chronic pain. In addition, recovery is a lengthy process involving months of downtime and extensive physical therapy.

Shockwave therapy is entirely non-invasive and uses no incisions, sutures, or stitches. A series of two to three treatment sessions spaced four to six weeks apart may provide significant relief from your symptoms.

Am I a good candidate for shockwave therapy?

The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate for shockwave is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gonzalez at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida. Following a comprehensive exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, he can formulate a treatment plan that aligns with your needs. 

If chronic foot pain is preventing you from participating in activities you love, shockwave therapy is worth considering. Request your consultation today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.