Older patients have distinct foot problems usually related to circulatory impairment or arthritis. Routine visits help to monitor secondary foot disorders and prevent further complications.
Growth should not be a painful process. Soreness and cramping in the feet and legs are not normal. Often parents are told that their children may “grow out of it.” This may be true in some cases but a level of reassurance from a specialist can go a long way in easing a parents’ concern. We encourage parents to have their children examined annually. Childhood foot conditions like flat feet, curved feet, toe walking, in-toeing and out-toeing, can cause the child to walk or run in ways that are unnatural.Â This can lead to more serious foot, leg and motor problems later in life.
Orthotics are a custom-made biomechanical device fabricated from a plaster cast of your foot. Structural deficiencies and damaging compensatory habits can be modified with the use of properly fitted orthotics.
Orthotics are molded right at our facilities and take less than 30 minutes to be fitted. It then takes a few days for the orthotics to be created from the cast.
Although not as common as other joint problems, the ankle can suffer from severe pain, stiffness, loss of motion and other symptoms that leave patients unable to walk or stand. Severely damaged ankle joints may benefit from joint replacement surgery. This procedure is typically performed on older patients who don’t place much of a demand on their ankles.
Ankle replacement surgery uses prosthetic material to restore full, painless ankle motion to patients with arthritis or other injuries. Metal and plastic prosthetics are attached to the ends of the shin and ankle bones to act as a new ankle joint and relieve joint pain. Function can be brought back through physical therapy and minimal activity that helps strengthen the new joint.
Like any other bone in the body, any of the 26 bones in each foot can be fractured as a result of a fall, twist or trauma to the area. Foot fractures can range from a slight crack in the bone to a complete break that goes through the skin, and often cause severe pain that is worse while standing or walking.
Treatment for foot fractures depends on the location and type of injury. Stress fractures in the toes or metatarsals can be treated by resting and avoiding stress on the area, while a fracture of the mid-foot, heel or ankle may require surgery. A cast and crutches are required for most foot fractures.
Most parents worry about each part of their developing child’s body, and the feet should be no exception. Learning proper techniques for using and caring for your feet is an essential part of maintaining strong, healthy feet throughout your life. Many adult foot problems originate during childhood, so it is important to see a professional regularly in order to prevent long-term problems from occurring.
Our foot doctors can treat a wide range of foot problems commonly found in children such as heel pain, arch pain, ingrown toenails, warts and flat feet. We also correct early walking abnormalities such as toeing in or out or knock knees. Children should be seen for regular foot care regardless of if they have current foot problems or not.
People with diabetes are at high risk for developing problems with their feet. More than half of diabetics lose sensation in their feet due to nerve or blood vessel damage, and can hurt themselves without knowing it. Diabetes also slows the healing process, often turning minor injuries into life-threatening conditions. Even the smallest of foot injuries, such as a blister or ingrown toenail can lead to a serious infection or tissue death.
It is important to inspect your feet on a daily basis and see your doctor regularly if you have diabetes. Our doctors are experienced in treating a wide range of diabetic foot conditions to ensure quick and thorough treatment in order to prevent further complications.
The PinPointe FootLaser kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear, it takes time to grow out.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people feel no pain. Some people feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
No. Just walk in and walk out.
Is it FDA cleared?
Yes. It is cleared by the FDA
How long does the procedure take?
The FootLaser procedure takes less than 30 minutes.
Will the fungus come back?
The fungus is killed after one treatment and typically the doctor recommends care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
Is this covered by my insurance?
If you have a Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, 100% of the cost can be covered. However, in most situations, this procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance plans do not provide coverage.
12-Month Multi-Site Private Practice Retrospective Study Summary Demonstrates Steady Reduction in Legion size for Patients with Onychomycosis.
This muti-site retrospective study was conducted in five private parties on the Uk and the USA on 458 great toes from 265 sequential patients with onychomycosis that received a single 2 pass-treamtment with a Pin Pointe- Laser™ Footlaser™.
- There is continous improvement in nail appearance to at least 12-months. The graph shows averages for each of five practices.
- Statistical test of efficacy are highly significant(P<0.001)
- This large sample includes sequential patients and results include those patients with no or minimal treatment respons
- Sites report that many patients with a complete resolution are not included because they were lost to follow-up.
- 71.4% of patients experienced continuous improvement in clear nail area.
Extracorporeal pulse activation treatment (EPAT®) is a noninvasive, FDA-approved procedure used to treat muscle and tendon pain by stimulating blood circulation and promoting proper healing in patients with acute or chronic pain in their back, neck, shoulder, foot, ankle or other common areas of pain.
How is EPAT performed?
During the EPAT procedure, gel is applied to the targeted area, before the device applicator is moved over the area in circular motions. The applicator delivers pressure waves into the painful area to gradually regenerate the damaged tissue.
EPAT treatment sessions usually last about 15 minutes, and most patients will require three sessions performed at weekly intervals in order to achieve their desired results.
What are the results of this EPAT?
After EPAT, some patients may experience immediate pain relief, while for others, it may take up to four weeks before significant relief is felt. Over 80 percent of patients report a complete or substantial reduction in pain with the EPAT treatment.
Is EPAT covered by insurance?
In most cases, EPAT is not covered by insurance, although some patients may be able to use their employer’s Flexible Payment Medical Savings Account to cover this treatment. Patients can also take advantage of our Elective Payment plan to make the EPAT more affordable.
MIX5 Therapy Laser
The MIX5 Therapy Laser is a fixed pointing device designed for treating a targeted area with precision. With two channels and a trolley, it features an ergonomic multidiodic applicator that can be easily positioned to reach every area of the body
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions.
How Does it Work?
Light energy enters the damaged cells and stimulates inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete.
What Can I Expect During a Treatment?
Laser Therapy is a painless treatment that usually lasts several minutes. Patients may experience a comfortable sensation at the point of application.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Most patients see positive results in 1-3 treatments. The swelling is greatly reduced and there is a rapid relief of pain.
Chroric conditions can be controlled regular treatments. Acute conditions usually subside quickly, typically within one set of treatments.
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The big toe joint undergoes a tremendous amount of stress and as a result there can be a loss of cartilage. This loss of cartilage reduces the joints ability to absorb shock and can be a frequent cause of big toe joint pain and loss of motion. It is not usual to find bone on bone contact with cartilage fissuring, cartilage erosion and loose joint bodies in the joint with arthritis.
Severely damaged big toe joints may benefit from partial or total joint replacement or resurfacing.
The joint replacement uses prosthetic material to restore partial or full painless big toe joint motion in patients with arthritis or other injuries. Metal and or plastics are attached to the ends of the 1st metatarsal and/or phalanx to act as a new big toe joint and relieve joint pain. Big toe joint replacement has existed in one form or another for 40 years and is one of the most successful foot surgeries performed by foot surgeons.
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