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Shockwave Therapy in Calgary - Treating Foot Tendon Disorders

At North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic, we know that everybody is different. 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 is a treatment for musculoskeletal conditions, including Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and more. This treatment is popular among those suffering from disorders in the joints, bones, and tendons because it is entirely non-invasive.


We have over two decades of experience providing effective and long-lasting foot and ankle care solutions to our clients. Our team is trained and skilled to understand your symptoms and devise the best course of treatment for you. We will never force our approach on you, but let your unique requirements drive our process instead. If you'd like to learn whether our shockwave therapy is suitable for you, we invite you to schedule an appointment. We treat various foot conditions.


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. These processes can lead to:

  • 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 the healing process in 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 the use of 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

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 or not. You will also be made well-aware of your condition, any associated risks, the possibility of improvement etc. It is in this meeting that you will be prescribed alternate methods of treatment such as exercise. 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 is responding 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 in order to find out whether you are fit for the treatment or not.



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


Will Shockwave Treatment Hurt?

Those undergoing shockwave therapy might experience slight discomfort, depending on the existing pain. 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 of our clients find immediate relief from their existing 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 not to engage 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.


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 this therapy for tendon disorders in Calgary.

Non-surgical Therapy Procedure

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

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General Information

North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic
271-1632 14 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB,

T2N 1M7

Phone : 403-289-8491

Fax : 403-282-4441

alberta podiatry

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM

Tuesday 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM

Wednesday 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM

Thursday 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM

Friday 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM

*Clinic hours subject to change without notice



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