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Shockwave Therapy in Calgary - Treating Foot Tendon Disorders

At North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic, we understand that everybody has different medical needs. While traditional treatments work for some, more innovative solutions work for others. For this reason, we offer an extensive range of services, including shockwave therapy in Calgary. Shockwave therapy treats musculoskeletal conditions, including Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and more. This treatment is popular among those suffering from joint, bone, and tendon disorders because it is entirely non-invasive.

We are committed to helping you get back on your feet and enjoy life to the fullest. We offer treatments for a variety of foot conditions. If you'd like to learn whether our shockwave therapy suits you, we invite you to schedule an appointment.


What Is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical treatment for numerous musculoskeletal disorders. It offers quick pain relief and mobility restoration without the need for painkillers. A shockwave is an acoustic wave that can transport energy to sore spots and tissues suffering from various conditions. These acoustic waves with high energy encourage quickened tissue repair and cell growth. This process can lead to the following:

  • Turnaround of chronic inflammation: Chronic inflammation can occur when the inflammatory response in an area has not ceased. Shockwaves increase the activity of mast cells, which helps restore regeneration and enhance healing.

  • Blood vessel formulation: Shockwaves can cause capillary micro ruptures, stimulating the growth of blood vessels. The added blood vessels promote blood supply and faster oxygenation, which accelerates healing.

  • Collagen production: Collagen growth is essential to healing the affected musculoskeletal and ligamentous areas. Shockwave therapy encourages procollagen synthesis.

  • Removal of calcium buildup: Micro tears of trauma to a tendon can cause calcium to grow. Shockwave therapy eliminates these calcifications.

  • Regulation of Substance P: Substance P is a neurotransmitter that regulates pain information. The presence of this neuropeptide is often associated with chronic pain. Shockwaves can lessen the concentrations of substance P.

These are only some of the many healing processes associated with using acoustic waves. If you'd like to learn more about how our shockwave therapy in Calgary works, we invite you to speak to us. You can also rely on us for custom orthotics.

Treatments Using Shortwave Therapy

Shortwave therapy effectively treats tendons affected by conditions that do not respond to traditional treatment forms. It is a popular treatment method for musculoskeletal disorders, especially those involving connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons. We usually apply it to people who have been suffering for over six weeks and have not responded to other forms of treatment. We use shockwave therapy to treat a variety of bone, tendon, and joint disorders, some of which include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Peroneal tendonitis
  • Non-union of fractures
Shockwave treatment

Timelines for Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy will require multiple visits:

  • First Visit: We will assess you and determine whether you can be administered shockwave therapy. You will also be made aware of your condition, any associated risks, the possibility of improvement etc. You will be prescribed alternate treatment methods in this meeting, such as specific exercises. If you still wish to proceed with the shockwave therapy, you will be given your next appointment.

  • Second Visit Onwards: Your shockwave treatment will begin. It will be done once a week for 3-6 weeks, depending on how bad your condition is, how your body responds to the treatment etc. During the treatment, you might feel some discomfort. However, it is not a cause of concern as long as it goes away in 4-5 minutes.


Benefits Of Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a good choice because:


  • It is cost-effective.

  • It is non-invasive.

  • It does not mandate the use of drugs/anesthesia.

  • It has very few side effects.



You are not eligible to undergo shockwave therapy if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Circulation or nerve disorder

  • Bone tumour

  • Metabolic bone condition

  • Pregnancy

  • Using blood-thinning medications


Before proceeding with shockwave therapy, please speak to our experts to determine whether you are fit for the treatment.



Some commonly asked questions about our shockwave therapy in Calgary are:


Will Shockwave Treatment Hurt?

Depending on the pain, those undergoing shockwave therapy might experience slight discomfort. However, most of our clients find this discomfort tolerable. We will adjust the intensity according to your requirements and pain tolerance.


Will I Feel Pain After the Treatment Is Complete?

After our treatment, most clients find immediate relief from their symptoms and chronic pain. However, some people might experience soreness in the treatment area after 2-3 hours. This discomfort is bearable for most.


Will I Have Any Restrictions After the Treatment?

We recommend our clients refrain from engaging in physical activities involving the treated area for at least two days.


How Much Will My Treatment Cost?

The eventual price depends on your requirements and symptoms. To get a clearer idea, we recommend scheduling an inspection with us.


You can also go through our FAQs page to get more information regarding foot disorders and orthotics at our clinic!

Why Choose Us?

At North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic, we understand how debilitating ankle and foot pain can be. That's why we've dedicated over two decades to providing our clients with effective, long-lasting foot and ankle care solutions. When you choose us for shockwave therapy, you can expect the following:


  • Experienced professionals: Our podiatrist, Dr. Wayne M. Crosby, is highly trained and has over two decades of experience providing foot and ankle care solutions.

  • Personalized treatment: We understand that every patient is unique, so we design a customized treatment plan to address your needs.

  • Patient-centric care: We listen to your concerns, understand your symptoms, and involve you in decision-making.

  • Effective results: Our shockwave therapy is a proven treatment method that can provide long-lasting relief from foot and ankle pain.

Get in Touch

There have been significant advances in medical science and technology. Now, we can use sophisticated techniques and machines to treat almost every disorder, including bone-related conditions. At North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Crosby offers shockwave therapy for tendon disorders in Calgary. For any queries or to schedule a consultation, call us today. You can also download, print, and fill out the client intake form for easier registration during your first appointment at our clinic.

Non-surgical Therapy Procedure


Painful foot disorders can be treated with effective, non-invasive procedures.

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