November 17th is National Take a Hike Day, so it’s a good time to check out your favorite trails. At Atlantic Foot & Ankle Specialists, we’re great outdoors lovers and always advocate for healthy exercise and fresh air. However, hiking in the colder months does present a few podiatric risks.

Many common foot injuries can be incurred during a hike: Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and various forms of heel pain are just a few possible hazards. Fortunately, we can treat common hiking injuries with a modern method of uncommon efficiency.

We’re talking about Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, of course!

What is ESWT?

ESWT is a non-invasive alternative to surgery that works quickly and boasts a high success rate. If you’re worried about the risks of a rugged hike, this high-tech treatment could be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

Don’t let fear of injury keep you on the couch! Consult the information below to learn how ESWT can keep your feet healthy, happy, and ready for adventure.

Taking Care of Tendonitis

  • The Achilles tendon is found on the lower portion of your leg, at the back of the ankle.
  • Increased activity or strain can cause Achilles tendonitis, a condition in which inflammation causes increasing pain or discomfort during exercise.
  • ESWT aids blood flow to the inflamed tendon, boosting your body’s healing capacity.

Putting Aside Plantar Fasciitis

  • Plantar Fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, which extends from your heel to your toes. It causes significant pain that can eventually become debilitating.
  • ESWT enhances metabolic activity in the afflicted area, using sound waves to speed recovery.
  • Sessions last approximately ten minutes and proceed weekly.
  • Ultrasound allows us to monitor progress after about three weeks of treatment.

Atlantic Foot & Ankle Specialists provides superior podiatric services in Pooler, GA, and we always set the bar high. By employing cutting-edge technology and using the latest research, we offer expert, personalized care to every patient we treat. Melissa Robitaille, DPM, Todd Newsom, DPM, and our dedicated staff are always pleased to help with all your foot care needs. Contact our office in Chatham County at (912) 988-3323 to make an appointment today!

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