AllCare Foot & Ankle Announces Addition of Pressure Wave Therapy
Highly Effective Non-Surgical Treatment for Heel Pain and Achilles Tendon Pain
AllCare Foot & Ankle is excited to announce the addition of a highly effective non-surgical treatment for foot and ankle pain. Pressure Wave technology also known as Shockwave and EPAT is a modern treatment method whereby high-energy sound waves are introduced into the painful areas of the lower extremity. It is one of the most advanced non-invasive treatment methods cleared by the FDA. The treatment works by helping to improve the regenerative potential, enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue.
Pressure Wave can successfully address acute and chronic pain such as: Heel Pain, Foot Pain, Ankle Pain, Neuroma, Fascitis, Ankle Sprain, and Achilles Tendon. Outside of Podiatry, this modality is used in providing trigger point therapy, address sports injuries such as Golfers or Tennis Elbow, scar tissue, stress fractures, enhance bone healing, sexual function and more.
Pressure Wave therapy reports a 91% success rate (as per clinical studies), it is non-invasive, no anesthesia is required, there is no risk of infection, no scarring, no downtime, it is cost effective and results in faster, easier healing.
Beneficial effects are often experienced after only 1 or 2 treatments. Many patients experience immediate pain relief after just one treatment. Patients treated report being pain free and/or have a significant reduction in pain. The non-surgical therapy for pain eliminates pain and restores mobility, thus improving patient’s quality of life.
Not all pressure wave devices are the same. AllCare Foot & Ankle has now added the world's most advanced pressure wave technology. Manufactured in Switzerland by world renowned Storz Medical, with 75 years of medical research and development behind it, their device is the gold standard of pressure wave technology.
Pressure Wave therapy has a proven success rate that can be as effective or more effective than other methods such as surgery or pharmaceuticals without the risks, complications or long recovery times.
Call our office today at 732-695-3668 to learn more about how Pressure Wave Therapy can address your pain, accelerate your healing and optimize your health. Or visit our website at http://www.allcarefootandankle.com/heel-pain.html#popup
How common is flatfoot in kids?
Developmental flatfoot is very common in children and teenagers. It’s a warning sign of serious foot dysfunctions. If you recognize it early and nip it in the bud, you can save many costly and painful foot issues in the future for your children.
â€‹How do I know if my kid has flat feet?
One of the easiest ways to tell is to look at your OWN feet. If your family has a history of flat feet, there is a good chance your children will develop them as well. Kids with flat feet tend to have problems with balance, coordination, pain and fatigue in their feet and poor posture.
What can you do about it?
One of the easiest, cheapest and most conservative ways to correct foot problems in children is the use of a medical device called an orthotic. We have found over time the 2 best orthotic for children on the market today and have brought them into our office at AllCare Foot & Ankle for your convenience. We recommend starting a child with a prefabricated orthotic. The 2 styles we have are just for children from toddler age to pre-teens. This means they have a very deep heel cup designed to maximize rear foot control and realign the Achilles tendon while giving great arch support and little discomfort. Once your child acclimates to the orthotics, they don’t even notice them in their shoes. They are light, sleek and fit in most shoes so that no one even knows they are in there from the outside! Note that we mentioned the shoes. It’s very important that children wear the medical devices in their shoes…and that means not running barefoot all summer or in thin flip flops every day.â€‹
Will my kids are grow out of their orthotic?
Yes, they will eventually grow out of them. However, that is one of the benefits of prefabricated orthotics. They are not a huge financial burden. Also, if your child requires a custom type orthotic, there are outgrowth program options so that your wallet is not impacted as much.
The important thing to remember is that these are an investment in your children’s health. Luckily, they are not an expensive investment like orthodontics, but you can think about them similarly to dental work and eyeglasses. Necessary for your child’s social and health development.
How long does it take to recover from a marathon?
If you participated in NJ Marathon Sunday you probably have dried off your feet by now and are thinking about your next race. How much racing is bad for my body you may be thinking? This is a great question posed in my office on a regular basis. The problem is that the answer is always, "It depends". Everyone recovers at a different rate. Age, experience and current fitness level are large variables in the equation. We have all heard of a marathon runner who has run 100 marathons in a less than 10 years. The flip side is there are runners who can only do one marathon a year without getting hurt.
Is there a magic formula? How much is too much? I think the first thing to think about is what is your goal? If you are just talking about finishing the marathons and not really having a time crunch, then feel free to do up to six a year but realize that having more than two quality runs in a year is very difficult. Now, for those of us who are addicted to the watch, "racing" a marathon is something that should not be done more than twice a year. The reason is, it takes a minimum of 4 months to train effectively for a marathon.
Why do some people recover faster? Age and experience helps. Your body has been there before, so it knows it will live. Veterans often have a post-race routine down that helps them recover. (Often this includes the anesthesia known as beer!) If your fitness level is high and your nutritional status is good, you will recover faster.
What can you do to hasten recovery? Walk a cool down after the race. Do not sit down immediately even though your legs are begging you to! Take a 15 to 20 minute walk and stretch gently. An ice bath is best, but very few people I know are that tough. A cool bath followed by stretching before you go to bed is helpful. A large amount of carbohydrates and water also helps. Hence the beer phenomenon! A massage a few days after the race will help you recover. More than anything, do not start training again until you are fully recovered. Many injuries occur due to too much, too soon, too fast and too fatigued syndrome!
So how much is too much? Again, the answer is always, "It depends." Listen to your body. Really listen and stop being stubborn or stupid! If you start training and you are exhausted, you are doing too much. If you are spending too much time in my office and less on the pavement, you are doing too much. The answer is really simple listen to your body and it will tell you how much is too much.
Now for those of you that raced Sunday and ran thru an injury. What steps are you taking to better health?
If you developed blisters, it is not wise to pop your blisters until after you shower to prevent infection. Use a sterilized needle to pop two holes on opposite sides of the blister and leave the roof on. Lubricate the area with antibiotic ointment, and only cover them if you absolutely must. (Second Skin, Compeed or Tegaderm work best.) Leaving the blisters open and soaking in Epsom Salts also dries them out faster.
If you have black and blue toenails, drain them as soon as possible, and you may be able to save your toenails and avoid a lot of unnecessary pain.
Keep moving around as much as possible in the days after the marathon. Alternate hot and cold soaks, and get a massage. Anti-inflammatory such as Aleve or Advil (as long as you are not allergic or have ulcers) will help ease your pain in the first post-marathon week. Getting a massage helps flush out all the waste products in your muscles. It may also be wise not to resume running until all of the soreness is gone from your legs. Use your judgment about when to resume running. Basically, if anything is swollen or bruised, or if you experience sharp pains when you resume running, stop!
If your symptoms don't improve in a week, seek medical advice. I recommend taking it easy for a month after the marathon, so you can make sure any lingering tightness won't lead to an overuse injury when you ramp back up your running mileage. Good Luck.
We must create the habit of checking the age of our heels in order to determine whether or not it’s time to throw them out and move on. High heels are sometimes necessary for an event, outfit, or in some cases daily business. But they can also generate extensive foot pain and lead to potential injury.
As seen in a previous blog article of ours on sneakers, heels also have a lifespan. The following is a list of helpful tips so you can keep track of your heels aging process.
- Significant frayed material on the surface of the heel.
- Surface of the heel has become uneven and is causing instability which also requires you to overly compensate in order to stay balanced.
- Sole has discoloration and has lost the tread. In some cases, the sole is now slippery on certain surfaces.
- Insole has discoloration and has deteriorated causing discomfort.
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