Foot and Ankle Pain
The foot and ankle are exposed to stress from a variety of conditions and activities. Plantar Fasciitis and achilles tendonitis are some of the more common conditions that arise from stress and overuse. They plague runners and older people with osteoarthritis alike. The problems in the foot and ankle are frequently ignored at the early stages and can become chronic and difficult to treat by the time the patient seeks medical attention.
A thorough examination is conducted on every patient. Structural deficits, restrictions, as well as muscle weakness and imbalances are identified. X-rays and state of the art Ultrasound technology are used for diagnosis of structural foot and ankle problems. Advanced imaging techniques such as MRI can be used for further assessment.
Ultrasound guided injection techniques can relieve ankle joint related pain. The injections can consist of steroids or Viscosupplementation products such as Synvisc and Euflexxa. PRP (platelet rich plasma) through an ultrasound-guided injection is a new, promising technique that seeks to promote joint cartilage regeneration. PRP Prolotherapy technique is used in advanced cases for rejuvenating and strengthening of the foot arch and ankle joint supporting ligaments. Prolotherapy injections are used for rejuvenating and strengthening of the foot arch and ankle joint supporting ligaments.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy( OMT) is utilized during every physician encounter as needed for correction of foot and ankle joint restrictions. State of the art personalized one-on-one physical therapy is conducted to address restrictions, correct imbalances and promote strength of the supporting leg muscles. SpineForce is a revolutionary tool that is used to facilitate rehabilitation and allow for independent exercise during and after the corrective treatment phase. Private and small exclusive therapeutic Yoga classes are prescribed for further gentle strengthening of the leg muscles.
NOTE: The Yoga program is typically instituted after completion of the physical therapy and rehabilitation program, but can be used as a first line treatment in cases of poor balance and advanced osteoarthritis. It is used in conjunction with SpineForce for continued improvement of postural balance, conditioning, and strength.