Both Kari and Susan have a mutual friend who tore her achilles and had to have surgery. It took their friend the entire summer to heal.
Susan was talking about how her heel hurt and Kari said mine hurts too. We started comparing the bumps on the back of our heels and how uncomfortable and sore it was. Kari told Susan how she had a procedure done in Missoula, Montana, but no one was doing it there anymore. She said we have to look into this, and she did. It is very exciting, because we didn’t want to walk around all summer like our friend did. If there was something that could be done like the Shockwave Therapy that wasn’t invasive and didn’t take as long to heel – they were all of it - plus Kari certainly had good results.
Kari stated that nine years ago, I had fought my left foot for 4 years and finally the doctors said we have this experimental thing that we would like to try, and I said that if it doesn’t involve surgery then please I would be willing to try it. We did it and I went in for 10 minutes and never had to go back again. Then four years ago, I started having issues with my right foot and I knew the exercises and kept it at bay for a couple of years, but then this last year in a half it kept getting worse and worse and worse and last year I went back to the same doctor, and he said no I am not doing Shockwave Therapy, but offered another procedure that was a heated unit, but I was going to have to go 10 times and the first 5 times there was absolutely nothing that was happening. So I just dealt with it for a little while and then last Spring I started researching on the internet trying to find who provided Shockwave Therapy. I would go on the website and put in Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy and all these places in Montana would pop up. I would call these clinics and would say, “I see you do this and they would reply, oh we don’t do that.” I said well your website says you do and after about the 5th time I realized the website companies were just going in and typing in plantar fasciitis and the same paragraph would pop up explaining what plantar fasciitis was and certain treatments that they would use. So I told them that they might want to check their websites, because you say you are doing these procedures, but you are not. So I kept looking, and I finally expanded my search out to Washington/Oregon and Issaquah Foot and Ankle popped up and the only reason I knew for sure that you probably did was because of a picture of the machine being used and I said that’s it! So I went ahead and called and your office said, yes we do this.
I was so thrilled, but I was also looking that Dr. Timothy Young had dry needling too. I wasn’t 100 percent sure what would be the best procedure when I visited with the previous nurse, and she said we have a couple of different things. We called to confirm before we took off that the appointments were still available, and he was still expecting us. Dr. Young was nice enough to speak with me directly too to filter additional questions.
Dr. Young performed the Shockwave Therapy on both Kari and Susan and Kari was feeling relief from what she normally has had. Just sitting - it usually stings, but Kari stated she was feeling fine. They will be wearing an ankle brace for a little while. Susan stated that orthotics have been ordered for them as well to provide additional support.
Kari said it was a really nice experience and our office was very accommodating. Even after driving 6 hours from Montana – Kari and Susan would recommend our office and Shockwave Therapy!