Heel

The Non-Invasive Surgical Alternative for Heel Pain

What is the OssaTron™?

The OssaTron is a high-energy shockwave device that provides a non-invasive surgical alternative for patients diagnosed with chronic plantar fasciitis (severe heel pain). This non-invasive out-patient procedure represents a breakthrough treatment for this condition.

Using a unique technology known as Orthotripsy, the OssaTron device emits a series of high-energy acoustic impulses (shockwaves) to stimulate healing of the affected heel. 

Is it safe?

Yes. Developed in 1991 and widely used in Europe, the OssaTron is the first shockwave device specifically designed and FDA-approved for orthopaedic use. A wealth of medical experience and state-of-the-art engineering have been built into the OssaTron. Extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy. 

What are the expected results?

Orthotripsy with the OssaTron has been proven to be effective over 84% of the time with only one treatment. Pain relief typically begins within four weeks of the procedure, and continues up through week 12. 1 2

What are the possible side effects or complications?

Orthotripsy has minimal risks. In some cases it may cause skin reddening, bruising, temporary numbness or tingling. In rare instances it may cause the plantar fascia to tear.

Why consider orthotripsy versus surgery?

Orthotripsy with the OssaTron device has a proven success rate that exceeds that of open surgery. Orthotripsy requires a minimal amount of time and patients can go home the same day the procedure is performed. Most importantly, patients can bear weight immediately and return to normal activity within days of the procedure. 

What if I have a special health condition?

The safety and effectiveness of the OssaTron procedure has not yet been determined on people with the following health conditions. Your doctor will provide you with information about how these and other health conditions might affect the determination to perform the Orthotripsy procedure:

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome, or other nerve entrapment disorders
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Fracture of the foot or ankle
  • Significant peripheral vascular disease
  • Severe osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Malignancies
  • Paget's disease
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Systemic infection
  • Anyone who is taking medication for bleeding problems, or has a history of bleeding or blood clotting problems should consult their doctor
  • This procedure is not recommended for pregnant women
  • This procedure is not recommended for children 

What will happen to you the day of the procedure?

You will be asked to arrive at the hospital or surgery center a few hours before your scheduled procedure. The staff may also need you to complete paperwork if you have not already done so.

Prior to administering anesthesia, the physician will palpate the heel to determine the area of maximum tenderness (the target area) and mark the area with a surgical marking pen. The procedure can cause discomfort or pain, so anesthesia is commonly given before the procedure.

You will stay at the hospital or surgery center until the anesthetic wears off enough to walk safely. You will receive post-operative instructions from your physician to follow during your recovery.

Will my insurance pay for the procedure?

Many health insurance companies are incorporating high-energy Orthotripsy procedures (CPT Code 28890) into their medical policies. It is recommended that you ask your insurance provider if the procedure is a covered benefit.

Your doctor and the treating facility will make every effort to obtain an approval from your insurance company. However, your insurance company has the final authority to approve or deny coverage. Patients are the strongest advocates in obtaining approval for insurance benefits ~ if you are denied coverage, you have the right to appeal that coverage decision to your insurance company's Medical Director or Medical Policy Committee.

How can I get more information?

Your doctor is the best source for information about the procedure. OssaTron Certified physicians have extensive knowledge and specialized training on all aspects of its use, safety and effectiveness.


  1. Long-term Results of Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis, Wang, CJ., et al. Am J Sports Med, Vol. 34, No 4, 2006
  2. Shock Wave Therapy for Patients with Plantar Fasciitis: A One Year Follow-up Study, Wang, Foot and Ankle Int., Vol. 23, #3/March 2002