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 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, custom orthotic fitting, and bracing with 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.
If you have already worked with our Pedorthotist in the past, and would simply like to re-order a previous product, you can email him directly by clicking below.
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.
Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
While a cortisone injection can reduce inflammation and pain associated with an 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 platelet rich plasma in effectively treating chronic conditions in the feet and ankles. 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.