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Extracorporal Shockwave Therapy (Plantar Fasciitis)

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a relatively new procedure that uses high energy sound waves to treat sufferers of pain in the shoulder, heel, elbow or achilles tendon.

ESWT involves using the high energy sound waves to focus completely on the affected area using a small pad. The waves are continuously applied and in turn break down the scar tissue that may have formed preventing the complete healing of an injury. The consultant will discuss with each patient how many sessions they think may be required and this all depends on the severity of the injury. Once the course has been completed the natural healing of the body along with the sound waves will have enabled the problem area to build up new tissue and heal correctly.

ESWT requires no anaesthetic and you will be allowed home immediately after the procedure. The treatment is completely non invasive and is often carried out in conjunction with physiotherapy.

Following the ESWT course you should be aware that the pain may continue for a short period of time, however, after 8 - 12 weeks the pain and discomfort will have disappeared.

We advise you to discuss any questions they may have prior to the first ESWT session.

The treatment is advantageous for a number of reasons including:

  • it is painless and effective

  • non invasive

  • focused on the particular area

This procedure will normally be covered by your medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with their provider prior to any treatment.

If you are paying for your own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551