Vail Valley podiatrists unveil new machine |

Vail Valley podiatrists unveil new machine

Scott N. Miller/smiller@vaildaily.comDr. Brian Maurer, left and Dr. Michael Schneider, right, of Schneider - Maurer Foot & Ankle Associates in Avon, have a new device to help people with chronic heel pain. The machine, an "Orthospec Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy" device, uses sound waves to stimulate healing in people who have chronic plantar fasciatis or achilles tendon conditions. The device, which the doctors say is the last treatment step before surgery, will deliver nearly 4,000 shocks in less than a half-hour to the affected area. Schneider said he believes the machine is the only one like it on the Western Slope. To learn more, call 970-949-0500.

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