Foot Steps Podiatry Service
Therapeutic Ultrasound Therapy
Therapeutic ultrasound utilises sound waves created by the mechanical vibration of particles through a medium. Therapeutic ultrasound can be delivered as a continuous mode referred to as an uninterrupted stream or as a pulsed mode with periodic interruptions. Ultrasound has traditionally been used for its ability to initiate a healing response at cellular level. By stimulating phagocytic activity of inflammatory cells such as macrophages it promotes the release of chemical mediators initiating an inflammatory response. Reparative collagen production and organisation is optimised increasing the functional strength of scar tissue.
Therapeutic ultrasound can be used to treat plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, non-acute joint swelling and muscle spasm. Most muscle and ligament injuries can benefit from therapeutic ultrasound.