Finesse Footcare offers a non-invasive way to treat heel pain

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Podiatrist Dr. Danielle Shaper, owner of Finesse Footcare, offers radial shockwave therapy as a treatment for heel pain. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Patricia Nugent

Working long shifts on her feet all day as a child life specialist, Carolyn A. is no stranger to discomfort. For the past 15 years, she’s suffered from stabbing pain in her heel. She’s tried everything from steroid injections to massage, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy—yet the aches only worsened.

“I heard about radial shockwave therapy,” she says, “and when I Googled doctors in our area who offer it, Finesse Footcare and Dr. Danielle Shaper’s name came up.”

Carolyn says after just one treatment, the pain went away.

Before bringing the therapy to the Cleveland area, Dr. Shaper extensively researched alternative therapies for heel pain, which is one of the most common ailments she treats.

“I’ve been impressed with the improvement my patients are seeing in the reduction of chronic pain,” says Dr. Shaper. “And we’ve found the therapy treats much more than just heel pain, as it addresses inflammation where it starts, deep in the tissues. It works well on tendonitis, Achilles conditions and ankle sprains.”

She explains that the therapy involves waves of mechanical energy transferring to the foot through a hand-held device. It reaches deep into the affected tissues. Pulsed energy heals inflamed tissue by increasing circulation on a cellular level and boosting the immune system’s natural response.

“This is one of my favorite conservative measures,” she says. “There’s little discomfort, no anesthesia and zero downtime. I recommend five weekly sessions, and they only take about 10 minutes.”

She adds that for many patients, she combines other therapies, such as stretching, night splints and orthotics, to make sure the pain stays away long-term.

In addition to heel pain, Dr. Shaper treats ingrown toenails, bunions, toenail fungus, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, corns, warts, calluses, sprained ankles, diabetic footcare and spurs.

Finesse Footcare is located at 5035 Mayfield Road in Lyndhurst. The practice accepts a wide variety of insurance plans. Radial Shockwave Therapy is not covered by insurance. Call 216-382-8070, or visit for more information. Mention this story and receive up to 40% off a package of five sessions of radial shockwave therapy. Offer good through Thursday, December 31, 2020.