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Is extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) a tool to help prevent bunions from needing surgery?  The research and our clinical experience in our offices in Los Gatos and San Jose, CA would say, “yes”, there is hope outside of surgery for bunion sufferers.  Follow our methods and greatly reduce your odds of needing surgery.

“When I was in high school, ESWT wasn’t available but I ran track and had some minor foot pain. My dad took me to a podiatrist who said I needed  surgery for my bunions and that, if I did not, I would have severe problems in the future.  We walked out and that was the end of the story.  30 years later, on my feet all day as a chiropractor and they still look and feel good without the surgery.”  – Adam Fields, DC,  San Jose, CA

You take around 30 million steps every ten years and a bunion can easily develop over that time period.  The result is big toe (and sometimes the little toe)…

Bunions can be helped with ESWT

  • Bending inward at the tip
  • Hardened connective tissue
  • Encumbered by scar tissue
  • Calcium deposits in the joint
  • Inflamed joint

You will be given a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan for your bunions in our Los Gatos or San Jose office. However, extracorporeal shockwave therapy is located in Los Gatos and is the leading tool we offer due to it’s ability to:

  • Eliminate scar tissue in the joint capsule
  • Soften tendons that cross the joint
  • Mobilize the joint
  • Stimulate new collagen production
  • Work without side-effects

Bunions being helped with ESWT

Other compliments ESWT & bunion  care may be:

  • Manual joint mobilization
  • Toe stretching braces, etc.
  • Shoe toe spacer
  • Footwear evaluation
  • Foot strengthening exercises
  • Postural evaluation/correction

Over your lifetime you will have walked 4 times the distance of the circumference of the earth.  Even if you just walk the hills of Los Gatos or the streets of San Jose, your feet deserve the best care possible and we strive to give you that care.

Toe stretchers combined with ESWT work miracles

Plantar fasciitis is another foot problem that may accompany your bunions and be addressed with ESWT.

You can reach Dr Adam Fields for in-person (Los Gatos and San Jose, California) or telehealth appointments here.