While it may be in your best interest to have your broken ankle or Achilles tendon rupture treated surgically, many common foot and ankle conditions can be effectively managed non-operatively. With this in mind, the physicians at the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration are willing and able to provide you with a number of non-surgical treatment interventions. For your convenience, most of the therapies listed below can be performed in our office at the time of your initial visit.
Orthotics and Bracing
We are proud to employ our own full time certified pedorthotist, Richard Penn. Richard specializes in footwear and supportive devices and has over 20 years of clinical experience. Whether you are training for a marathon or just trying to make that fashionable shoe fit and feel a little better, Richard can help. Rather than writing a prescription and sending you out for a shoe insert or a brace, our physicians communicate directly with Richard who can usually fabricate the insert or fit the brace during the same visit. Because he works side by side with our physicians, no details are lost in translation and suggested adjustments are made immediately, saving you valuable time.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
Shock wave therapy is a noninvasive form of treatment that can be used for plantar fasciitis (heel pain), Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, and slow healing fractures. While shock wave therapy has been FDA approved for plantar fasciitis and tennis elbow since the year 2000, it originated in Europe where it has been used extensively for a much broader array of musculoskeletal conditions. Though treatment responses may vary, shock wave therapy is a safe, non-invasive option for people trying to avoid surgery.
Shock wave therapy may not be covered by your health insurance policy. Please contact our office and ask for our surgery scheduler to discuss payment options and scheduling.
While a cortisone injection might reduce the inflammation and pain associated with your arthritic joint or degenerative tendon, the goal of regenerative medicine is to actually replace or restore your damaged tissue. For orthopedic applications, this is usually done by harvesting cells from you, or occasionally a donor, and injecting them into the area to be treated. While the field of regenerative medicine is rapidly evolving, the physicians at the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration have experience in the use of bone marrow aspirate (BMA), platelet rich plasma (PRP) and, most recently, amniotic stem cells. For an honest discussion about the appropriate present day indications, risks, and benefits of regenerative therapy injections for your specific condition, please schedule an appointment with us.