Advanced Foot and Ankle Treatments
When treating foot and ankle conditions, it pays to have a firm foundation in tried and true treatment methods. There’s a reason why so many of them have stood the test of time and continue to be recommended: they work!
However, just because something works does not always mean it is the best option. The fields of technology and medicine continue to evolve. As they do, new techniques are discovered, tested, and introduced into our fields.
We would not always be providing the best potential options for our patients if we did not consider these advanced treatments as well. For some patients, they can make a huge difference in terms of comfort, recovery time, and effectiveness. For other cases, the traditional methods are more than enough. The key is that we have all these options here for different types of situations.
Here are some of the advanced treatments we are proud to offer at our practice.
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)
EPAT is a regenerative form of treatment that uses the application of pressure waves to stimulate heightened recovery at the site of damage. This can result in reduced pain, less inflammation, and faster healing.
A patient does not need to take any medications or make any preparations before an EPAT treatment. The treatment may result in some minor discomfort for a few days, but the positive effects tend to stack with successive treatments.
EPAT has been a go-to form of therapy for sports injuries and other soft tissue injuries for professional athletes, and we are happy to have it as an option for many of our patients, too.
EpiFix is an advanced form of treatment for diabetic foot ulcers and other wounds. When protection and fast healing are paramount, we may turn to this method.
This treatment uses a tissue graft consisting of dehydrated amniotic membrane. This membrane contains growth factors that accelerate recovery of the wound while also reducing inflammation and the formation of scar tissue.
AmnioFix, like EpiFix, also uses amniotic tissue to promote faster recovery. In this case, the treatment is injected in the site of soft tissue damage (such as from a sports injury or arthritis) to encourage faster and enhanced recovery.
The amniotic materials for both EpiFix and AmnioFix come from the membrane that surrounds a baby after birth. They are donated by healthy, consenting mothers after birth, and the gathering in no way affects the baby, mother, or delivery process.
What is the Best Treatment for You?
Whether an advanced treatment or a more conservative method is ideal for your case will be up to many different factors, such as the underlying cause of your problem, your medical history, overall health, and other factors.
However, one thing is for sure: Holding off on receiving any treatment whatsoever only ensures your pain and discomfort will continue, too.
Do not wait to receive the care you deserve. We will careful consider all the factors for your case before making our recommendations. We will also be sure to fully explain all options and answer all questions you may have.