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Shockwave can help you recover from injury and reduce your pain without needles, medications or surgery. Whether you’ve sustained an injury from sports, or you’ve been putting up with an ongoing muscle or tendon pain for years, shockwave may be able to help.


Shockwave therapy is backed by a large and growing body of clinical evidence, that has shown that it is effective in helping to:


  • Decrease muscle pain

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Support the body’s healing and repair process in new injuries

  • Reboot the healing process in longstanding conditions or injuries

  • Encourage the formation of new blood vessels

  • Stimulate the regeneration of tendons

  • Stimulate collagen production

  • Reduce muscle spasticity

  • Disintegrate tendon calcifications


Shockwave uses a handpiece that is placed against the skin to generate acoustic energy waves into the damaged tissue below. It is these waves that generate these beneficial and reparative effects.

1. Which conditions can shockwave help with?

2. Why shockwave therapy?

3. Is shockwave painful?

4. Is shockwave suitable for everyone?


To ensure the safety of patients and staff, Passion Podiatry practice the strictest infection control procedures in day to day treatment activities. All instruments are cleaned, disinfected and sterilized in accordance with the National Infection Control Guidelines Australian Standards AS 4187 – 1994 Code of Practice.

THIS WEB SITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your foot health. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or your podiatrist.

1. Which conditions can shockwave help with?

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Shockwave is used to help many conditions including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendinopathy and other tendinopathies, shin splints, bursitis, calf injuries, trigger points and calcifications. 

Shockwave is used worldwide to treat a variety of painful conditions within the entire body. It is due to our scope of practice as Podiatrists that we only use shockwave on the feet and legs.

2. Why shockwave therapy?

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We see shockwave as a great treatment option for musculoskeletal problems because it:

  • Does not require needles or injections

  • Does not require medications

  • Is non-invasive

  • Does not require surgery

  • Is proven to reduce pain and improve healing

  • Has a relatively short treatment time per session, with no downtime afterwards

  • Stimulates the body’s own processes to improve healing and repair

3. Is shockwave painful?

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Some patients experience mild tenderness with the shockwave, while others experience no pain at all. Typically Shockwave Therapy requires no anesthetic. When discomfort or tenderness is felt, it is usually associated with the level of damage or injury already present. Don’t worry – as we are able to control the settings and intensity of the pulses, we can adjust it to match your tolerance and preference.

4. Is shockwave suitable for everyone?

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While the majority of patients that come in and see us can have shockwave treatment without any issues, we cannot administer it if you are pregnant or have:


  • Haemophilia or other blood clotting disorders

  • Acute inflammation

  • Disturbed sensory and nervous function, eg. Diabetes

  • Had a corticosteroid injection in the target site in the last six weeks

  • Any malignancies

  • Prostheses or implants


If you have one of these problems or are concerned about your eligibility, don’t worry. We’ll discuss your options to come up with the best method during your consultation.

It is important to note that shockwave isn’t a standalone treatment, meaning that in most cases, it is not the only component of your treatment plan. It’s part of a comprehensive treatment plan to resolve your problem and reduce the likelihood of the problem returning. The plan may also include supporting your feet with the right footwear, strapping the foot and more.

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