Orthotripsy frees the patient from painful and usually chronic inflammation and can treat plantar fasciitis (also called a heel spur).
The goal of this procedure is to target the painful area with high-energy pulses of electromagnetic waves, which stimulate healing and degenerative and regenerative processes, help relieve the pain, and soften the tissue surrounding the calcaneus, thus improving the state of the patient and his or her ability to walk as it hurts less or no longer hurts at all.
Electromagnetic waves present during this procedure are not harmful to people.
The safety and effectiveness of the procedure have been confirmed by case studies, research articles and other scientific studies of this treatment.
Usually up to 3 procedures every other week are performed.
The patient can go home immediately after the procedure.
Orthotripsy treatment prices
What factors affect the price?
The prices indicated below apply to citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and the European Union.
If you are coming from another country please check the price by telephoning or sending an email.
- 3-4 procedures usually suffice.
- The procedure can usually be performed the next week after the consultation.
- The patient can go home and take a flight on the day after the surgery.
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Orthotripsy is not recommended for patients who:
- have sensory disorders;
- have an infection in the area to be treated;
- take anticoagulants or have coagulation disorders;
- have diabetes;
- have an implanted electrostimulator;
- are pregnant;
- have an oncological disease;
- have had a corticosteroid injection < 6 weeks prior to the procedure.
The cause of pain is usually complex, related to the following disorders:
- longitudinal flat foot turning outwards (hallux valgus deformation);
- too-short Achilles tendon;
- bony outgrowths;
- inflammation of the plantar fascia (fasciitis).
The diagnosis is confirmed with an X-ray exam. A radiograph shows mineral deposits. It is important to remember that although at first the patient may feel pain only in one heel, radiographs usually show that there are outgrowths in both heels.
The treatment results are affected by the overall health of the patient, the size of the spur, the level of damage to the fasciae and tissue surrounding the calcaneus. Usually one procedure is not enough to treat heel spurs. Alongside orthotripsy, the doctor may prescribe medication therapy, stretching, custom insoles or silicone heel inserts.
The number of orthotripsies needed depends on all the changes of the calcaneus and surrounding tissue listed above. For a greater effect, a follow-up procedure is recommended after 14 days. The patient’s health and indications for the procedure are evaluated prior to the procedure, painful spots are evaluated and localized through palpation, the parameters for the therapy are selected, some gel is applied onto the patient’s skin and then the shockwave therapy begins.
If the desired result is not reached in 2-3 orthotripsies, other treatment methods – corticosteroid injections, surgery – are recommended.
If it is not the heel that is sore but the middle or the back of the foot, the patient is advised to have the injection treatment from the very beginning.