Focused Ultrasound Therapy
Focused ultrasound is a rapidly evolving, noninvasive, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients with plantar fasciitis. This novel technology focuses beams of ultrasound energy precisely and accurately on targets in the body without damaging surrounding normal tissue.
How it Works
Where the beams converge, focused ultrasound produces small lesions that leal in a manner which helps plantar fasciitis to resolve without surgery.
The primary options for treatment of plantar fasciitis include medication or invasive surgery.
For certain patients, focused ultrasound could provide a noninvasive alternative to surgery with less risk of complications – such as surgical wound healing or infection – at a lower cost. It can reach the desired target without damaging surrounding tissue and is repeatable, if necessary.
At the present time, there are no clinical trials recruiting patients for focused ultrasound treatment of plantar fasciitis.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
Focused ultrasound treatment for plantar fasciitis is not yet approved by regulatory bodies or covered by medical insurance companies in the US. Actisound has the CE Mark in Europe for soft tissue injuries, including plantar fasciitis, but in 2022 the company went out of business. No other company that we are aware of is trying to use this same approach for plantar fasciitis.
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