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Posts for: July, 2013
Stem cells can also be used to stimulate the growth of human tissues. In an adult, wounded tissue is most often replaced by scar tissue, which is characterized in the skin by disorganized collagen structure, loss of hair follicles and irregular vascular structure. In stem cell therapy, normal tissue formation is encouraged, rather than scar tissue formation.
This procedure is typically done in the Operating Room Suite.This technique involves injecting stem cells, with or without platelet-rich plasma, to treat the stressed connective tissue. These shots can work better than the traditional cortisone shots, since they not only soothe the pain, they can regenerate damaged tissue in patients with chronic injuries or aid in surgical recovery.
Read more at http://www.texasfootdoctor.org/stem-cell-therapy.html.
Extracorpeal Shockwave Therapy, or ESWT, is an FDA approved treatment for tendinopathies like Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles’ Tendonitis. The technology was derived from a therapy known as lithotripsy. Lithotripsy uses similar shockwaves to pulverize kidney stones.
If you suffer from chronic heel pain, ESWT may be the answer you’re looking for. It is performed in the office, without the need for anesthesia, by one of our foot and ankle specialists.
To find out more about your treatment options for Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles’ Tendonitis, contact our office and make an appointment to see one of our doctors. Dr. Marciano, owner of Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists, was one the first practioners in Texas to utilize the technology. He also trained other providers on the Shockwave Therapy. Don’t suffer with heel pain! Make an appointment today and let us help you get back on your feet!
Are you one of the millions of people who suffer from heel pain?? Heel pain is most commonly caused by a condition known as plantar fasciitis. There are other things that make your heel hurt as well, such as stress fractures, tendonitis, or nerve irritation, to just name a few.
The best way to figure out what’s putting a hitch in your giddy-up is to see a foot and ankle specialist. The doctors at Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists specialize in heel pain and, more importantly, they specialize in getting it gone!
Some treatments you can expect to treat plantar fasciitis are steroid injections, special stretches, inserts, or medications. If you suffer from heel pain, make an appointment to see on of our doctors where they can formulate a plan that’s best for you to get you back on your feet…pain free!
July is Dance Appreciation Month! Have you been thinking about Zumba? Country Line Dancing? Salsa? Trying out for Dancing With the Stars? Well this month is your opportunity to jump right in and show your appreciation for what ever type of dance gets you moving!
The doctors at Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists want to make sure you’re getting your groove on in the right shoes! Most types of dance have a specific shoe gear to whatever type of dance you’re doing. It may be wise to start a new activity in a supportive dance tennis shoe, rather than strutting your stuff Day One in high heels or low profile dance shoes with little support. These will help you avoid injuries to your feet such as tendonitis, stress fractures, ankle sprains, or plantar fasciitis.
So if you’re thinking about trying out for the dance team or taking lessons on the ballroom floor and have questions about getting started, come see one of our doctors at Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists to have all your questions answered. We want to make sure you have fun and keep your feet healthy at the same time!
Characterized by a large, unsightly bump on the side of the big toe joint, bunions signal an underlying deformity in the structure of the foot. Left untreated, bunions may become progressively worse, causing severe discomfort, difficulty walking, redness and swelling.
Treatment options vary with the severity of each bunion. Identifying the deformity early in its development is important in avoiding surgery. Common conservative treatments include rest, ice, padding, orthotics and footwear modifications. Many times a combination of these simple lifestyle changes and non-surgical approaches are enough to relieve the pain and stop the progression of the bunion, although these treatments won’t reverse the actual deformity.
When non-surgical treatments fail to relieve your pain or your bunion is interfering with normal, daily activities, Southlake Location may recommend a bunionectomy, which involves the surgical removal of a bunion to reduce pressure and repair the joint. There are a variety of surgical procedures available to treat bunions. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity by realigning the toe by removing the bony bump and restoring normal, pain-free function.
When you should consider bunion surgery from your podiatrist:
- Nonsurgical, conservative treatment has failed to relieve your bunion pain
- Walking or performing normal, everyday tasks is difficult and painful
- The simple act of wearing shoes causes pain
- Your big toe joint is constantly swollen
Your age and health may also determine your candidacy for bunion surgery. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment for your individual needs. The podiatric professionals at Southlake Location have received advanced training in the surgical removal of bunions, relieving the pain and helping patients return to the activities they enjoy.