When low energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy has been performed for plantar fasciitis or Achillies tendonitis the initial stages of healing begin within four to six weeks, with continued recovery for several months. Most patients note some improvement within the first three months. Occasionally, an additional treatment may be considered depending on the response achieved with the first cycle.
It is important to continue stretching exercises and physical therapy during recovery. Most surgeons recommend the patient avoid the use of anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs, such as Ibuprofen) for at least six weeks so as not to interfere with the healing process.
If the low energy shock wave therapy is not effective, surgery remains a last resort option.
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