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Try Shockwave Therapy in Calgary For Joint and Tendon Issues 

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, relatively pain-free, outpatient alternative to surgery for those suffering from many joint and tendon disorders in Calgary, Alberta. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) sends high-acoustic shockwaves into the bone or soft tissue, in effect re-injuring the area on a cellular level and breaking up the scarring that has penetrated tendons and ligaments. The controlled re-injuring of tissue allows the body to regenerate blood vessels and bone cells.

What Makes Shockwave Effective?

Shockwave works for three reasons:

The shockwaves stimulate a metabolic reaction in the affected tissue, causing stress fibres to develop and change.

The shockwaves generate cavitation bubbles that break down calcific deposits.

The shockwaves induce an analgesic reaction mechanism.

How Does It Work?

Shockwave therapy is a method by which you can treat tendons that are otherwise not responding to traditional treatments. In the beginning, you will be assessed by your physiotherapist at Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic, who will determine whether you are eligible for the treatment or not. If you are eligible and choose to go ahead, you will begin a 3-6 week treatment process.  


At the time of the treatment, you will lie on your front. A pillow will support your legs, and our doctor will then locate the area where there is pain. A gel is applied to your skin for a better transition of the shockwave. The shockwaves will then be administered via a compressed air impulse, which will probe the affected area. Get in touch with us to learn more and answer any questions you may have about Shockwave therapy in Calgary.


Benefits of Shockwave Therapy


Shockwave therapy is a popular option among sports professionals as it offers great results. Read on to find out the benefits of the therapy!


     This is a non-invasive treatment option, meaning it is completely safe. It has shown promising results when it comes to pain reduction.


     This method allows the formation of new blood vessels, which means improved blood flow and oxygenation for the affected area. This results in faster healing.


     Shockwave therapy is very versatile and can work well together with other treatment options. It can be used for several chronic problems and injuries. It can be effectively used with laser therapy.


     It has time and again proven to be a long-lasting treatment option. People with conditions like chronic tendinopathy in their elbows, shoulders and plantar fascia have reported no incident of pain even after 6 months.

What to Expect After Shockwave Treatment?

After each session, you will be able to get up and walk immediately, though you might experience some or all of the following symptoms after a few days:






Localized numbness

These symptoms are typically persistent for a week after the treatment is complete. They come about late because shockwaves stimulate an inflammatory response. You do not need to be worried if you face these symptoms since they are not a cause for alarm but only a sign that your body is healing naturally. In case you face any of these symptoms, it is crucial that you do not take any anti-inflammatory drugs. This is because the compounds and salts present in anti-inflammatory drugs can slow down that recovery process. After the treatment is complete, we recommend that you return to your regular schedule on an immediate basis. 


If you feel that your symptoms are exceptionally severe and are causing you too much discomfort and pain or are present long after your treatment is fully complete, please get in touch with us.   

Conditions That Can Be Treated With Shockwave Therapy

Several conditions can benefit from using shockwave therapy. These include:

Achilles tendonitis

Golfers elbow

Tennis elbow

Patellar tendonitis


Heel spurs

Plantar fasciitis

Not for Use With These Conditions

Shockwave therapy is not recommended for the following conditions:


Anticoagulants (Marcumar)




Diabetes w Polyneuropathy

Acute inflammations

Presence of unfused growth plates

Cortisone 6 weeks or less prior

Now I must live happily ever after...

" Shockwave Therapy, in my opinion is going to revolutionize the world of medicine. After nine months suffering with an Achilles tendon injury, I finally admitted defeat! (No pun intended). I exhausted all my options including: icing, tension bandage, splint, shoes and stretching.

Currently, I have had five of the six treatments. There is a three month waiting period in which there could be more recovery. After my first session, I felt a definite improvement the next day. I would say I felt at least a 50% improvement. Each session thereafter, I gave it a cautiously optimistic rating of 10%. That means in three more months, I am expecting a “bionic” foot.


Before undergoing this treatment, I was in total agony. I had been limping from the pain, and it was beginning to affect my whole leg, because I was unable to move through a normal range of motion.

I need my feet so bad for my “athletic” intentions, so I am relieved to finally be able to use my feet without concentrating. I also can finally wear high heels. The sessions feel so good and relaxing, I could actually go to sleep, which would be a nice way to go to sleep every night.

I have always appreciated Dr. Russell and his technicians. Not only the shockwave sessions but every foot problem I have had in the past, Dr. Russell has been able to solve them!


After my second shockwave treatment, I then had to have a corn removed from my baby toe. My Achilles was so painful that I didn’t even notice how painful my toe was. So, obviously my Achilles pain had been somewhat relieved.


Now to work, run, hip hop and live is good again. This problem has been the hardest to overcome until I surrendered to the help of Dr. Russell and his new friend “Mr. Shockwave” machine. Now I must live happily ever after, pain free. "



Debbie G.


The following are some commonly asked questions about our shockwave therapy in Calgary:

  • What Is the Process to Treat Ingrown Toenails?
    Depending on the severity of the infection, the doctor may trim a part or remove one side of your nail back to the cuticle. A disinfectant and chemical will be applied to the base of the nail to prevent that part from growing back. Serious infections may require antibiotics and removal of part of the toenail. This procedure can be performed at our clinic in Calgary, under local anesthetic to prevent pain.
  • How Can I Prevent Ingrown Toenails?
    It’s best to prevent getting ingrown nails in the first place by following a few basic steps like: Avoid cutting nails too short and cutting unevenly at the corners. Try to cut them straight across. Make sure your socks and shoes fit properly. You should be able to wiggle your toes easily in your shoes. Avoid trauma to the toe area. If you run, play soccer or other sports, try to go barefoot for an hour or two after playing.
  • Can I Treat an Ingrown Toenail At Home?
    You can treat your ingrown toenails at home if the problem is not too severe and doesn’t show any signs of infection, swelling, sensitivity, oozing or foul odour. You could try letting the nail grow out with proper care and the following steps: Soak it and wait. Soak your foot in warm water with Epsom salt or a mild detergent and apply an antibiotic ointment and bandage to the area after drying. Remove it yourself if there’s no infection. After soaking your feet in a very warm bath with Epsom salt, use clean nail-cutting tools to clip the affected area and apply antibiotic ointment when you’re done. Book your appointment at Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic: Our podiatrist will help diagnose and treat an infected ingrown toenail with effective and relatively painless solutions.

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Contact Us for Shockwave Therapy in Calgary

Our foot care centre would be delighted to take you on as a client. We can provide you with quality care whether you require shockwave therapy in Calgary or any other service. We will provide you with a warm and welcoming environment where you feel at ease.

Please contact us if you'd like to make an appointment at our clinic or have any queries. We treat various foot problems.

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