Ultrasound therapy is a method of treatment in which sound waves are used to treat painful conditions of the foot and lower limb and encourage the healing of damaged tissue.
What is ultrasound therapy?
Ultrasound therapy is an effective, non-invasive form of treatment performed on tissues damaged by injury or disease. The treatment involves the podiatrist applying a special gel to the affected area onto which a piece of equipment known as a transducer is placed. The transducer head is moved around continually for a period of time which can range from 5 to 10 minutes. It is a fast and painless treatment.
What podiatry-related conditions can ultrasoundtherapy help with?
Ultrasound therapy can be used in the treatment of various podiatry related conditions, they include;
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Knee pain
- Ankle sprain
How does ultrasound therapy work?
Ultrasound therapy works by increasing blood flow to damaged soft tissues which assists in the healing process. The high frequency sound waves can penetrate deep into the tissuescausing the cells within those tissues to vibrate, which in turn produces heat. This heat can have various therapeutic benefits on the injured tissues including increased circulation to encourage healing and decrease pain.
What are the benefits of ultrasound therapy?
Ultrasound therapy is recommended as a form of treatment for many podiatry-related conditions as it has many benefits, these include;
- Reduced swelling and inflammation
- Heat penetrates deeper than other methods such as heat packs
- The depth at which heat penetrates can be controlled by the practitioner
- It is a safe, non-invasive procedure
- Has a healing effect on damaged tissues
- Reduces pain in areas affected by injury or disease
Similar treatments / services that could help?
Other treatments offered which may be used in your treatment plan include;
- Steroid injections
- Taping techniques
- Stretching exercises
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