Sports Medicine/Question about ESWL


Hi, I have a question about electroconvulsive shock wave lithotripsy. I've heard it can resolve plantar fasciitis, which I have. The problem is that I'm told no insurance covers it. I don't see how this can be true if it's successful. Is it true? Thank you kindly.

Hi Amber- I think you're talking about ECSWT or extra corporal shock wave which is the use of high energy sound to stimulate healing action in PERSISTANT plantar fascitis, or scarred fascia called fasciosis.
This procedure was probably overused & insurance stopped coverage in many instances. This is not a magic bullet, usually reserved after other conservative measures (physical therapy- orthotics- cortisone injection possibly. I have found prescription orthotics extremely effective with physical therapy.
ECSWT also available in many podiatric practices & orthopaedic groups on cash basis.
Discuss with your podiatrist your options.. Good luck, Dr. Bob Weil

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Diagnosis & treatment & PREVENTION of foot & foot related lower extremity sports related problems. Indications & uses of prescription in shoe orthotics. Foot, ankle functional exercises for injury prevention & enhanced performance. Specific specialty in orthotic use in figure skating & hockey. Access to all topics re sports medicine at radio shows & articles re "the physical & mental challenges of the high performance youth athlete.


Podiatry Management Magazine, 9/10/10, "Hitting the Airwaves- this podiatrist uses his own radio show to promote Podiatry Podiatry Management Mag-6/-7/2010, "Figure Skating, Olympic Gold, & Podiatry Lower Extremity Review,7/2012, Pediatric Obesity weighs on Bones & Joints Numerous articles,"the sports doctor"- listed news articles 3 years of weekly radio shows, "the sports doctor", listed shows

BA degree science Univ. Louisville, Doctor Podiatric Medicine, Scholls College Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Ill.

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Treated many athletes in all sports, tennis- John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, numerous members of 85 Super Bowl Bears Evan Lysacek, 2010 men's Olympic Gold Medal figure skating champion.

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