Treatment for Painful Heels
Plantar fasciitis is the most common source of heel pain, often caused by running, walking, bad shoes, being overweight, and beginning an exercise program. The major symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain when taking the first steps after getting out of bed in the morning or after sitting a long time. Pain may lessen after taking a few steps, but often gets worse the longer you are on your feet.
If pain doesn't’t diminish within one week, a visit to a podiatrist trained in treating this condition is advisable. Treatment includes rest, ice, anti-inflammatory drugs, orthotics, stretching, cortisone injections, night splints, and physical therapy. This course of therapy successfully treats 90 percent of patients. In the past, if these treatments failed, the only recourse was surgery. However, with the advent of ESWT, Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Therapy, conditions such as chronic heel pain and tendonitis can be improved with one quick visit.
The office procedure has none of the risks involved with traditional surgery, and you can return to work the next day.
ESWT has a 94 percent success rate one year after one treatment. ESWT fosters healing by promoting the growth of new blood vessels and connective tissue. It also creates an analgesic effect that helps your pain immediately after the procedure. Healing starts the first day and continues gradually over the next 12 weeks. ESWT is offered here at Allentown Family Foot Care.
Anodyne Therapy System
Dr. Fritz was first introduced to the Anodyne Therapy System while serving as a Consultant at the Navy Seal Training Center on Coronado Island, San Diego, California. Anodyne Therapy is an FDA-approved light-emitting device that speeds the healing of wounds, even in difficult to treat diabetic ulcers. There are 16 million diabetics and others in this nation who could benefit from this new innovative technology.
More exciting news is a current study testing the device on diabetic neuropathy (loss of sensation or feeling), a previously irreversible condition that often leads to amputation. A joint study conducted at three Colorado medical centers followed 49 diabetics with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who had peripheral neuropathy in their feet. Most showed improvement after six thirty minute treatments. After 12 treatments, all had improved responses to standard tests that measure the impairment of sensation in diabetics, and their risk of amputation was greatly reduced. The study was presented last year at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions.
How does it work? Sixty light-emitting diodes are fitted into flexible pads that can be applied directly to the skin or any part of the body. When the monochromatic near-infrared photo (light) energy device - MIRE for short - is applied directly to the skin, the light energy helps release small molecules of nitric oxide from hemoglobin in the bloodstream. Nitric oxide increases blood flow and helps deliver healing cells and nutrients to the treatment area.
In addition to treating wounds (even surgical wounds that heal too slowly) and neuropathy, it's been used on arthritis, fractures, bursitis and tendinitis. No side effects have been reported, but the device is not recommended for people who may be pregnant or who have active cancer.
Keryflex™ Nail Restoration System
Keryflex is the new, easy-to-use nail restoration system designed to help podiatrists cosmetically manage their patients' nail fungus and other toenail disorders. This safe, rapid in-office procedure, restores the appearance of the natural nail.
Keryflex delivers three benefits to you:
Innovation Diagnostic Technology
All of our podiatric physicians have extensive training and experience to bring you the latest in medical and surgical treatments of the foot and ankle.
Podiatric Diagnostic Ultrasound
Ultrasound is sound that has a frequency higher than the range of human hearing which is 20,000 cycles/second or 20 kHz. Ultrasound simply describes sound that has a pitch too high for us to hear.
Images viewed with diagnostic ultrasound appear in ranging shades from bright Lite-hyperechoic indicating a boney structure to soft tissue structures appearing Grey-hyperechoic or even black-anechoic. Our podiatric physicians commonly utilize this technology to evaluate many podiatric concerns.
We incorporate this imaging technology in the diagnosis and treatment of the following:
The F-Scan System
The F-Scan In-Shoe System combines practical biomechanics with computer technology to revolutionize the diagnostic process. Whether used to determine the dynamic interaction of normal footwear with or without orthoses, review gait abnormalities or evaluate the potential or result of surgery, the F-Scan offers instantaneous data at every critical phase. The F-Scan enhances our ability to obtain dynamic functional information on the high-risk foot.
Our Doctors utilize the F-Scan technology for the following applications:
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at our Allentown Offices