A NEW technology for tendons

Shockwave really is the new kid on the block!

It’s a bit of a mouthful… “Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ECSWT)”, or “Shockwave Therapy” in short. Shockwave is a technology-based treatment which is used to  manage conditions such as Plantar Fasciosis and Achilles Tendinopathy. There is a LOT of emerging evidence that supports the use of Shockwave Therapy for Tendon pain.

Did you know that Shockwave Therapy is used for AFL Football Players and Elite Athlete’s?

How does Shockwave work?


Shockwaves are able to transmit deep to the affected tissues via mechanical impulses that penetrate through to the sore areas
Shockwave Therapy tells the body HEY, it’s time to heal!

Shockwave involves a handpiece that is gently held onto the sore targeted area. Shockwaves are transmitted through the handpiece into the deeper tissues to stimulate cell repair.

It’s always easier to work WITH the body. The shockwaves tell the body to start fixing the sore area and stimulate the natural healing process. Healing is achieved by:

  • Speeding up the metabolic rate in the target area
  • More blood flow to pain areas = quicker healing
  • Collagen repair = not just fixing pain, but also strengthening tissues
  • Has a pain-killer effect. This allows you to be pain-free and gives the chance for effective rehab too!

Does it hurt?

Shockwave may be uncomfortable during treatments (which doesn’t last long!). Everyone perceives the sensation differently. Your Podiatrist is able to work within your tolerance levels, and can alter  the pressure and frequency of impulses.

Most people walk out of their treatment with no pain!

Relief can be felt from even after your first session. Depending on the individual,  3-6 sessions  may be required. For the following 2 days post treatment it is best to stay mobile but avoid more strenuous activity.

What does the research say?

Clinical studies show a 75% success rate!Plantar Fasciosis
A 2 year follow up study showed clients with Chronic Plantar Fasciosis treated with Shockwave had less pain compared to a placebo group.

Achilles Tendinosis
A 2-year prospective study showed reduction in pain for Achilles Tendinosis using Shockwave

Research Articles:
“Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) in patients with chronic proximal plantar fasciitis: a 2-year follow-up.” Foot and Ankle international. 2003, vol. 24, issue 11: pp 823-8.
Taylor J, Dunkerley S, Silver D et al (2016) Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) for refractoryAchilles tendinopathy: a prospective audit with 2year follow up. Foot (Edinb) 26:23–29

3 Important Points:1. Shockwave is part of an effective treatment
2. Tendons need to be loaded appropriately (we’ll give you some homework too)
3. Come in this month only to pay NO extra charge for Shockwave!

If you have any questions please send them through, we would love to give you some more info about shockwave!

E: Admin@podfitadelaide.com.au
P: (08) 7226 9901

With you every step of the way! 

Kelsey Cammarano
Sports Podiatrist