Physical therapy is designed to work for your lifestyle, pains, and various conditions to treat the source of discomfort in several ways. Along with strategic stretching, exercise, movement, and heat/ice applications, PT includes treatments like electrical stimulation, ultrasound therapy, and more. Physical therapy is typically used to increase blood flow to accelerate healing in place of (or to complement) surgery or medications. Podiatric PT can be used as rehabilitation and/or act as a primary treatment for several conditions. Some of our advanced physical therapy treatments and procedures we provide include the following:
MicroVas is a modern, safe, and effective treatment option that increases blood flow and promotes higher oxygen levels to damaged nerves and other tissues. The stimulation of healthy blood flow accelerates healing processes by using gentle electrical stimulation of the muscles. This can be an especially effective treatment for peripheral neuropathy, and can also help with any injury or condition caused or affected by vascular insufficiency. Additionally, it may help certain wounds heal faster. MicroVas treatment sessions typically last 45 minutes and take place in our office. You may resume all regular activities after treatment. Every case is different, although we typically recommend 3 treatments per week over a 4-12 week time period. Treatment effects are long-lasting, and many people report that their symptoms continue to improve months after the final treatment session.
Electrical stimulation is a non-invasive technology that has been proven to increase the healing rate for conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and shin splints. When you develop a chronic injury, the body can lose its ability to recognize the pain or problem, and your healing mechanisms slow down or even stop. Shockwave therapy is able to jump-start these healing factors and activate your own body’s healing response. Shockwave therapy includes the use of ballistic sound waves that are generated by a small machine and then delivered into the site of injury via a hand-held device. The sound waves penetrate deep into your tissues, creating “microtrauma” that triggers a brand new healing response from your body. Your cells then release certain chemicals that help create new blood vessels, increase oxygen in the tissues, promote the growth of nutrients, and regenerate previously damaged tissues. Extensive studies show success rates as high as 80%, which is higher than many traditional treatments including surgery and prescription medications. Patients choose Shockwave therapy due to its major success, far lower risks, fewer side effects, and less downtime.
Therapeutic ultrasound therapy is a non-invasive, safe, and effective way to treat a variety of pains and conditions in the foot. Plantar Fasciitis, chronic heel pain, general foot pain, and more can be treated with Ultrasound therapy. After consulting with the doctor, Ultrasound therapy may be chosen as the most effective form of treatment for your case. Different from Ultrasound therapies of the past, modern treatment includes the insertion of a small, hollow-tip needle into the heel. The needle then emits sound waves that have been shown to improve blood flow, break up scar tissue, encourage the healing response from your body, and reduce inflammation. With faster healing times, positive results, and minimal downtime, lots of our patients choose this method over traditional surgery. It is important to complement this treatment with healthier lifestyle choices for your feet.