If your heel hurts – try shock wave therapy

With an upcoming heel spur, affected people just feel pain under pressure/strain. In the course of the disease, the pain can be felt at rest or directly after getting up. One reason for a heels spur often is an infection of the aponeurosis of the sole next to the calcaneus. The aponeurosis is like a spring to the foot; it heads of shock during walking and jumping and helps to steady the longitudinal curvature of the foot.

Usually strain or even a foot deformity can lead to this infection, which in worst case leads to ossification. This ossification also called heel spur, leads to the foot pain.

Additionally to the already described classical treatment methods, there are more modern treatments like for example the shock wave therapy (ESWT).This treatment is used especially with chronic heel pain. Also the shock wave therapy for heel spurs is a therapy where patients have to be patient. A heel spur treatment needs more than two years to heal the pain.

The shock wave therapy against chronic heel pain is especially used, when conservative treatment have no success. The shock wave therapy can reduce pain because the waves get through the skin into the hurt aponeurosis and influence the healing process positively.

Some health insurances pay the costs for this new treatment for heels spurs, because the shock wave therapy often is the last hope to avoid an operation. The shock waves produced outside of the body irritates the diseased tissue and help to stimulate the circulation and the cell metabolism. Thereby the healing of the heels spur is supported actively.

The shock wave therapy has been very promising treating heel pain and heel spur. Every second patient felt better after a short period and the pain became significantly less. Due to the positive test results, most health insurances pay for the shock wave therapy with heel spur meanwhile, but patients have to suffer from heel pain or heel spurs more than six months and no classical treatment methods showed any effect.

For long-term success, it is necessary to treat the feet with care. It helps to do stretching exercises and especially wear fitting shoes in the right size and width. Shoes for patients with heel spur are special shoes, which have to meet special requirements. A perfect fit, good hold and comfort as well as the right shoes width are key words here.