INTERVIEW: Dr. Jordan Steinberg, Podiatrist
Utilizing Pressure Wave/Shockwave for Heel, Foot & Ankle Conditions
INTERVIEWER: How would you describe your practice?
Dr. Steinberg: We have a private practice specializing in adult and pediatric foot and ankle care offering all different types of podiatry services to meet the needs of the population. Sports Medicine is one of the areas that I really like to focus on because I played sports growing up. I also excel at and really enjoy different types of reconstructive surgery, challenges where other treatments have failed in the past.
INTERVIEWER: You have incorporated Pressure Wave technology also known as Shockwave into your practice why?
Dr. Steinberg: I think it’s important to keep up with new technology. We always can do the standard treatments that we’ve been doing for the last 30 years for specific conditions. But to add a new technology that can speed up the process and actually heal better than what we’ve previously been using is important. Being a doctor it’s important to try to give the patient the best chances at success and to look for newer things to benefit the patients and the population that we’re treating. Pressure Wave is one of those technologies, it stimulates the body’s own natural repair mechanism, which can lead to a faster way of treating different types of pathologies.
INTERVIEWER: In your practice, what are some of the conditions or symptoms that you treat utilizing Pressure Wave technology?
Dr. Steinberg: One of the main pathologies that we treat with Pressure Wave is Plantar Fasciitis, also Achilles Tendonitis, we also treat any type of tendon, muscle, or ligament pathology of the foot or lower leg.
INTERVIEWER: What are some conditions successfully addressed by Pressure Wave where maybe other methods have failed?
Dr. Steinberg: Two of the best pathologies I’ve seen from my personal experience with Pressure Wave treatments is Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis. These two conditions are very common in the population, but are also not the easiest conditions to treat, due to the fact that patients are always on their feet and always on the go. It’s very hard to treat something that’s being aggravated on a constant basis by walking and normal everyday activities. I’ve seen very good results with Pressure Wave/Shockwave in acute and chronic cases and have seen patients respond around the 80% to 90% mark for certain types of pathologies.
Pressure Wave technology comes into play a lot of times when other different types of conservative treatments have failed. In our practice, we always usually start with the basics, because that’s usually the easiest way to treat the condition. When a patient is not responding well, or not responding quick enough to some of the conservative treatments we have seen outstanding results with Pressure Wave.
INTERVIEWER: Why is Pressure Wave so effective?
Dr. Steinberg: When a patient has a condition for a long period of time, I always say that the body or the area gets stale, where the body’s not really trying to fix it, but the patient is still experiencing pain and problems with the area. The great part about Pressure Wave treatment is that it causes the body to start working at the area again. It turns a stale area into an active area where most of the modalities are not able to achieve this.
INTERVIEWER: Who is a candidate for the treatment?
Dr. Steinberg: Patients that are candidates for treatments are patients in acute pain or are experiencing chronic pain, any type of muscle, tendon or ligament pathology.
INTERVIEWER: How fast does Pressure Wave work?
Dr. Steinberg: For a patient, sometimes plantar fasciitis can last several months, if not more than a year. Pressure Wave is one of those modalities that can fast track a patient through the healing process.
INTERVIEWER: What would you have to say to someone suffering from foot, heel or ankle pain, regarding why they should explore utilizing Pressure Wave as a treatment option?
Dr. Steinberg: I think that the Pressure Wave technology can benefit a lot of patients for several reasons. It can be a very quick fix for a problem that could be more of a chronic pathology. It is good for patients that have exhausted all other treatments and are headed either towards surgery or other different routes that are more invasive. Since Pressure Wave is noninvasive it can really have a major effect on the healing process. A lot of people like a more natural approach to healing versus multiple injections and other different types of anti-inflammatory medications. This is more of a natural approach which many patients look for.
INTERVIEWER: How can someone get more information on Pressure Wave therapy or your practice.
Dr. Steinberg: There are several ways to contact my practice. You can visit our website, www.florhamparkpodiatry.com , we have a whole section on Pressure Wave technology. You can also call us 973-922-0464.