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.
Orthotics, also known as orthoses, refers to any device inserted into a shoe, ranging from felt pads to custom-made shoe inserts that correct an abnormal or irregular, walking pattern. Sometimes called arch supports, orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. While over-the-counter orthotics are available and may help people with mild symptoms, they normally cannot correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthoses can since they are not custom made to fit an individual's unique foot structure.
Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes, and materials and fall into three main categories: those designed to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection.
Rigid orthotic devices are designed to control function and are used primarily for walking or dress shoes. They are often composed of a firm material, such as plastic or carbon fiber. Rigid orthotics are made from a mold after a podiatrist takes a plaster cast or other kind of image of the foot. Rigid orthotics control motion in the two major foot joints that lie directly below the ankle joint and may improve or eliminate strains, aches, and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back.
Soft orthotics are generally used to absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. They are usually effective for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet. Soft orthotics are typically made up of soft, cushioned materials so that they can be worn against the sole of the foot, extending from the heel past the ball of the foot, including the toes. Like rigid orthotics, soft orthotics are also made from a mold after a podiatrist takes a plaster cast or other kind of image of the foot.
Semi-rigid orthotics provide foot balance for walking or participating in sports. The typical semi-rigid orthotic is made up of layers of soft material, reinforced with more rigid materials. Semi-rigid orthotics are often prescribed for children to treat flatfoot and in-toeing or out-toeing disorders. These orthotics are also used to help athletes mitigate pain while they train and compete.