Shock Wave (ESWT) and Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment or EPAT
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment or EPAT uses pressure waves to stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process. Tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals. This non-invasive treatment can be used for acute or chronic plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints and other tendon/muscle pains.
The term neuroma actually refers to a benign tumor in the foot. Standard treatments such as cortisone injections and surgery have led to less than optimal results. Chemical Neurolysis also known as Alcohol Sclerosis is a more effective treatment option for these painful nerve conditions. It has also proven effective for patients who have undergone previous surgical treatment with recurrence of the painful nerve also known as a stump neuroma.
Podiatric Diagnostic Ultrasound
We are one of the very few Podiatry offices that offer Diagnostic Ultrasound. This instrument will aid us in the analysis and visualization of soft tissue diseases of the foot and ankle. Foot conditions such as heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fibromas, Morton's neuroma, arthritis, cystic masses, and even ankle sprains and strains can be treated more easily with this specialized diagnostic instrumentation. With the help of this machine, pain from these problems can be directly noted and properly taken care of.
How does Ultrasound Diagnostics work?
Ultrasound diagnostics is performed with high frequency sound waves - higher than the range of human hearing. Visualization of soft tissue structures is created when the ultrasound beam is transmitted into the foot and echoes are reflected from these structures. The echoes are then viewed on a small television-like screen.
Just as expecting mothers can view their unborn baby in the womb by use of ultrasound, podiatrists can observe the soft tissue of the foot. This examination is completely painless and can be performed in less than a half hour. Most insurance companies cover this procedure.
How will this new procedure benefit you?
If you are suffering from chronic foot pain, we urge you to schedule a visit to our office. This new procedure could help in obtaining an accurate diagnosis of your foot or ankle condition.
Women invite foot problems by wearing high heels. High heels may contribute to knee and back problems, disabling injuries in falls, shortened calf muscles, and an awkward, unnatural gait. In time, high heels may cause enough changes in the feet to impair their proper function. Most women admit high heels make their feet hurt, but they tolerate the discomfort in order to look taller, stylish, and more professional.
There are ways to relieve some of the abusive effects of high heels. Women can limit the time they wear them by alternating with good-quality, oxford-type shoes or flats for part of the day. Keep the heel height to no more than two inches and make sure the fit for the rest of the shoe is good. Varying heel heights whenever possible to wear shoes as low as possible in each situation. For example, there are comfortable and attractive "walking" pumps for women for work and social activities.
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