Dolorclast Shockwave

COVID-19 Update

Potter Podiatry take the health & wellbeing of our patients extremely seriously. Chloe sees a diverse range of the community including a significant number of people who are immuno-suppressed, have complex health conditions and disabilities.

Potter Podiatry receive daily updates from our regulatory bodies including the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority & the Podiatry Board of Australia as well as the Department of Health & QLD Health. We are fully compliant with all of the current recommendations & will respond quickly to changes as they occur.

Potter Podiatry adhere to strict infection control guidelines & will also be taking additional measures to reduce the risk to our patients & the wider community.

We respectfully request any patient or their family member who meets any of the following criteria do not enter our Noosaville or Birtinya clinics at this time & contact reception on 5628 3020 to reschedule their appointment.

SYMPTOMS

– Fever
– Cough
– Sore throat
– Shortness of breath

TRAVEL

If you or your immediate family have travelled internationally in the last 14 days

OR

had contact with someone diagnosed or
suspected of having COVID19 in the last 14
days

If in doubt, please cancel your appointment at this time. Where appropriate, Telehealth consultations are available. Late notice cancellation fees are of course waived indefinitely.

Our priority as a healthcare provider is always the wellbeing of our patients. We encourage all patients to think collectively about the most vulnerable in our community at this time & follow the above advice without exception.

The Sunshine Coast Fever Clinic contact number is
07 5202 225

 

Queensland Health’s information page can be found here:

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

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Many thanks

 

Potter Podiatry

 

 

Colour 3D Printed Custom Orthotics now available!

Potter Podiatry is committed to constantly updating our Custom Orthotics design & manufacture process to offer World Leading technology local to home.

 

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Working in conjunction with Queensland based 3D Medical Printers & utilising HP Multi Jet Fusion Colour 3D Printers, we now offer any image, pattern or colour printed directly onto your orthotics.

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Great for kids, lightweight & digitally designed by your treating Podiatrist for optimum fit & performance.

Book in to upgrade your orthotics now here

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Shockwave for Heel & Achilles pain now available

Potter Podiatry use the evidence-based Swiss DolorClast® Method of Radial Shockwave Therapy for Musculoskeletal pathologies including heel pain & achilles tendinopathy. Shockwave is currently only available at our Noosa clinic.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shock Waves are movements of extremely high pressure caused by, for example, an explosion, an earthquake or a plane breaking the sound barrier. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is the application of Shock Waves in medicine. A shock wave is a single acoustic pulse characterised by a rapid rise to a high peak pressure followed by a rapid drop to below ambient pressure. They are sent to the affected area from the point of contact on the skin’s surface using the device pictured above.

How does Shockwave Therapy work?

The Swiss DolorClast® Method uses single acoustic pressure waves to treat musculoskeletal pathologies.

The therapeutic effects of shock waves on the musculoskeletal system (pain relief and healing) are based on a multitude of molecular and cellular mechanisms. The short-term effects are depletion of presynaptic substance P in C nerve fibers (resulting in pain relief) & improved blood circulation in the treated area (which is the basis for healing). The long-term effects are blockade of neurogenic inflammation and improved tendon gliding ability (resulting in pain relief) as well as activation of mesenchymal stem cells and new bone formation (both essentially involved in healing).

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It is clinically proven that pressure waves, when applied to injured tissues, stimulate metabolic reactions:

  • Reduction of pain felt by nerve fibers
  • Increase of blood circulation in surrounding soft tissues
  • Beginning of healing process triggered by stem cells activation

What conditions can Shockwave treat?

Heel pain (plantar fasciopathy/ fasciitis), tendinopathies (achilles, patellar), ostheoartritis, non-union fractures & spasticity.

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What is the evidence for the Swiss Dolorclast Method of Shockwave Therapy?

26 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have demonstrated the efficacy and safety of the Swiss DolorClast method have been published in international peer-review literature.

How many treatments will I need?

Typically 3, though many patients experience considerable pain relief after the 1st treatment.

Does it hurt?

Treatment may be uncomfortable but is not typically painful.

Can anyone get Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is not suitable for children under 18 (except for Osgood Schlatters disease), patients who take anti-coagulant medication (blood thinners such as Aspirin or Warfarin), patients with blood clotting disorders, local tumours or bacterial infection or anyone treated with local cortisone injections in the previous 6 weeks.

How much is Shockwave Therapy at Potter Podiatry?

Treatment is $145 per session.

For private health insurance, the item numbers are 004 or 014 & 145. Podiatrists are one of the very few health professionals that can bill for Shockwave Therapy as an extra item number. This may mean increased rebates, please check with your Private Health Insurer.

How is Potter Podiatry’s The Swiss DolorClast® Method different to other Shockwave machines?

The superior engineering of the Swiss DolorClast machine delivers guaranteed constant energy delivery. This is essential in order to achieve the excellent patient outcomes noted in the research. The vast majority of research into Shockwave therapy has been performed using the The Swiss DolorClast® Method. It has been the Shockwave machine trusted by elite athletes across the world since the 90s & used at all Olympic Games since 2004.

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How do I book?

Shockwave treatment can be booked online here

References

1 Maier et al., Clin Orthop Relat Res 2003; (406):237–245.
2 In addition, shock waves activate the so-called Aδ nerve fibers (sensory afferent nerve fibers from the periphery) via receptors in the tissue.
According to Melzack and Wall’s gate control theory (Science 1965; 150:971–979) these activated Aδ fibers then suppress the conduction of pain in the second-order neuron of the sensory pathway in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord.
3 The release of substance P, CGRP (calcitonin gene-related peptide) and other inflammation mediators from afferent nerve fibers is generally referred to as “neurogenic inflammation” (Richardson and Vasko, J Pharmacol Exp Ther 2002; 302:839–845). It is also linked to the pathogenesis of tendinopathies such as tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis (Roetert et al., Clin Sports Med 1995; 14:47–57; LeMelle et al., Clin Podiatr Med Surg 1990; 7:385–389).Shock wave treatment causes a drop in substance P and CGRP in the tissue (Maier et al., 2003; Takahashi et al., Auton Neurosci 2003; 107:81–84).
4 Shock waves in the treated tissue lead to a stronger expression of growth factors such as BMP (bone morphogenetic protein), eNOS (endothelial nitric oxide synthase), VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) and PCNA (proliferating cell nuclear antigen) as well as to an activation of stem cells
(Wang CJ, ISMST Newsletter 2006, Vol. 1, Issue 1; Hofmann et al., J Trauma 2008; 65:1402–1410).