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Our Wichita Podiatrist Explains SoftWave Therapy

Looking for an effective treatment for your chronic foot pain? SoftWave therapy just might be the answer. This non-invasive treatment for chronic foot pain provides an alternative to traditional treatments, such as corticosteroid injections or surgery. If you’re in the Wichita area and want to find out if this innovative therapy could work for you, contact Central Kansas Podiatry Associates today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Benjamin Weaver.

SoftWave Therapy: Non-Invasive Relief From Chronic Foot Pain

SoftWave therapy is an innovative treatment that uses technology to replace traditional treatment options for chronic foot or ankle pain. It promotes healing by sending shockwaves past the skin's surface and into deep tissue. When the waves hit the affected area, this increases blood flow and stimulates cells to encourage the natural healing process to activate. This process not only helps to reduce chronic foot pain, but it also speeds up tissue regeneration and promotes long-term healing.

Does SoftWave Therapy Hurt?

Because this type of therapy uses sound waves, most patients feel nothing more than a tingling sensation on the outer layer of their skin during treatment. Some patients described the treatment as feeling like tapping, tingling, or pulsing.

Most patients report no more than mild discomfort when undergoing SoftWave therapy, though not everyone has the same experience. If you do experience pain during the treatment, this can generally be alleviated by adjusting the device. During your treatment at Central Kansas Podiatry Associates, Dr. Weaver will communicate with you throughout the process and adjust to minimize any potential discomfort you may experience.

What Conditions Can Benefit From SoftWave Therapy?

Wondering if this type of treatment might work for you? SoftWave therapy can be a good treatment option for several chronic foot and ankle conditions, including:  

  • Join Inflammation. Continued joint inflammation can lead to worse conditions, including arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. SoftWave therapy increases blood circulation and decreases inflammation, reducing your risk of developing these issues.
  • Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is chronic and sharp heel pain. It can be combatted with SoftWave therapy by enhancing the body's natural healing process and generating new tissue growth.
  • Achilles Tendinopathy. This condition affects the Achilles tendon and is characterized by pain, swelling, and reduced function. It occurs due to overuse, age, or athletic injuries. SoftWave therapy repairs the tissue and reduces pain.
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers. SoftWave therapy can be effective in treating diabetic foot ulcers by promoting wound healing, reducing the risk of infection, and promoting tissue generation.
  • Heel Spurs. Heel spurs are bone growths that stick out and cause pain. They happen when ligaments are stretched too far, or muscles are pulled near the heel. SoftWave therapy can alleviate this condition by reducing inflammation and increasing mobility.

What To Expect During SoftWave Therapy Treatment

SoftWave treatment sessions typically last between 5 and 15 minutes, depending on the size of the affected area. During this type of session, Dr. Weaver operates a handheld device that sends sound waves to the part of your foot or ankle that needs treatment.

Since SoftWave therapy is non-invasive and non-surgical, you should be able to return to your normal activities immediately after a SoftWave session. Even so, it’s a good idea to avoid high-intensity activities for a day or two. Patients typically do not experience any side effects of this treatment, though minimal soreness and swelling are sometimes reported.

It’s not unusual for a patient to experience significant pain relief after one session, though treatment usually includes multiple sessions. The number of sessions you may need in order to complete treatment will depend on the size and severity of the affected area, as well as how you respond to treatment.

Contact Us to Seek SoftWave Treatment in Wichita

Ready to find out if SoftWave therapy is a good option for you? Contact Central Kansas Podiatry Associates to schedule an appointment with Dr. Weaver. He will do a thorough examination and then make a recommendation based on the results, and you’ll be able to discuss your options and the procedure with him in detail. Dr. Weaver will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your individual needs.

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