What is Orthotripsy?
If you are suffering from chronic heel pain (known as "plantar fasciitis") and have not been able to find relief, consider a new FDA-approved non-invasive procedure that has proven 80% effective with only one treatment! Dr. Lemberger is one of only a few doctors in our area who are able to offer this radically new procedure. And you don't have to travel miles to take advantage of it - the procedure is performed at CentraState Hospital on an out-patient basis.
The new breakthrough treatment method uses high-energy sound waves (similar to those used to treat kidney stones), to increase blood flow and stimulate healing of the affected heel. You will be able to bear weight (walk) on the foot immediately after the procedure, and you can typically return to full activity within several weeks. This is in contrast to surgical procedures, which may require weeks spent off your feet, and many more weeks of recovery time.
There are restrictions on who should receive Orthotripsy. Your initial consultations with Dr. Lemberger will explore the benefits and risks of this procedure, including health conditions that might affect your decision. As with any procedure, there are possible side effects. In some cases it can cause skin reddening, bruising, tingling or the plantar fascia to tear. There may be changes in pain or temporary numbness. Some patients reported a recurrence or episodes of pain following the procedure, which may continue for a few days to several weeks. It is also normal to have some residual pain after intense exercise or a full day of work on your feet.
While some may experience immediate relief from heel pain, it can take up to 4 weeks for relief to begin, and full recovery can take up to 12 weeks. In a few cases, patients may benefit from a repeat of the procedure.
Developed in 1991 and widely used in Europe, the device used for the procedure was specifically designed and FDA approved for orthopaedic use. A wealth of medical experience, state-of-the-art engineering and optimal quality have been built into it, and extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy.