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EPAT® (Extra Corporeal Pulse Activation Treatment)

Complete Foot and Ankle is excited to offer a new cutting-edge treatment option to our patients.  Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT®) is an FDA cleared non-invasive method to treat a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions.  This proprietary technology is based on a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals.   EPAT® is currently being used by clinicians around the globe for a variety of disorders including acute and chronic pain.  It has become a mainstay of treatment in the training rooms of many professional sports teams and has allowed athletes to return to their respective sports without surgery or down time.   We here at Complete Foot and Ankle are currently utilizing EPAT® to treat a variety of conditions affecting the lower extremity.  These include: plantar fasciitis (heel pain) achilles injuries including partial tears calf strains Morton’s neuromas ankle sprains shin splints post-operative swelling post-operative scarring   In particular, the physicians at Complete Foot and Ankle have begun to use EPAT® as a primary form of treating plantar fasciitis (heel pain).  Conventional methods […]

What is PRP?

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy? Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is derived from your own body’s blood. Platelets are not only responsible for blood clotting but are the portion of blood that contain a copious amount of growth factors necessary for repair of our body’s damaged tissue (ligament and tendon injuries). PRP therapy has gained notoriety due its use in treating sports injuries in professional athletes. This includes MLB and NFL players being successfully treated with PRP for a variety of conditions of the foot and ankle which include achilles pain, heel pain and chronic tendon injuries. One of the many advantages of PRP is that it has essentially no side effects. There is no chance for rejection of the blood since it is coming from your own body. How does PRP Work? Traditionally physicians have been limited to cortisone injections to treat patients with pain and inflammation. Cortisone is a synthetic anti-inflammatory medication which does not provide healing of tissue but simply decreased inflammation to an injured part of the body. The negative side effects of cortisone have been widely documented in clinical studies including tissue damage and drug reactions. Unlike […]

Flip Flops are not Recommended for the Feet

Although flip flops are considered a popular type of footwear, they can also lead to various foot problems. “One study in the United States in 2014 found that of the 198,427 emergency room visits due to shoe-related injuries, 25,300 were associated with flip-flops.” Flip-flops do not offer proper support for your feet, and they require your feet to work overtime to compensate for the lack of toe, heel, arch, and ankle support. Flip-flops can also lead to the forming of blisters with the constant rubbing of the straps against your toes, as well as they do not properly protect your feet. Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any questions concerning the feet, see one of our podiatrists of Complete Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs. Flip-Flops and Feet When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet. How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term? Ankle problems Hip […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis affects at least 1.5 Percent of the Population

As a progressive autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis “affects 1.5 percent of the population,” usually people who are aged 30 to 60. Rheumatoid arthritis attacks the small joints of the body. The condition typically affects the small joints in the body, such as the hands and the feet, leading to pain, inflammation, and even disability if not addressed immediately. Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, see one of our podiatrists of Complete Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs. What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility. Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of […]

We take up to 10,000 Steps Every Day

As the average person takes “approximately 10,000 steps per day,” we have to be mindful of taking proper care of our feet. Ensuring that our feet are healthy is essential to our overall body health. Tips for taking care of your feet include inspecting them on a regular basis for any injuries such as peeling skin, especially if you’re a diabetic patient. Make sure that you wear properly-fitting shoes and that you wear shoes in public places that are prone to bacterial infection, such as locker rooms. When washing your feet, dry and moisturize afterwards. Wear sunblock when going out to places such as the beach. Also remember to maintain a healthy diet and an active exercise routine. Every day foot care is very important, especially for those that are lacking the proper foot care resources. For more information about everyday foot care, see one of our podiatrists of Complete Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs. Every Day Foot Care Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But […]

What are Corns and Calluses?

Both corns and calluses are described as thickened areas of layered skin that form in response to constant pressure or irritation on the afflicted areas. Corns are smaller and usually develop around and between your toes, having hard centers. Making sure that your corns do not become inflamed is important. You can try to remove corns and calluses by yourself, but the best option is to see your podiatrist. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles see one of our podiatrists of Complete Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs. Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them? Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses. Ways to Prevent Corns There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing: – Well-fitting socks – Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot – Shoes that offer […]

Take Care of Your Children’s Feet Early on to Prevent Onset of Problems

Because children’s feet and ankles are still developing, it’s important for children to take a rest from stressful physical activity such as sports. Some conditions can progress into adulthood, so it’s important for parents to take proper care of their children’s feet. The conditions can include calcaneal apophysitis, inflammation of the heel growth plate; achilles tendonitis, inflammation of the Achilles tendon; plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the tissue that runs along the soles of the feet; and stress fractures, which are small fractures in the bone. Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow up. If you have any questions see one of our podiatrists of Complete Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs. Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age. Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet. Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on […]

Will Chambers Suffered Broken Foot and Required Surgery

Will Chambers of Melbourne Storm suffered a foot fracture injury in early April in the match against the Canterbury Bulldogs, which required him to have surgery. His post-surgery recovery time was estimated to be about 3 months at the time. His injury was initially thought to not be serious, until his foot swelled up overnight. “We are extremely disappointed to lose Will, he’s an important part of our team,” said Storm football director Frank Ponissi. A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. To learn more, see one of our podiatrists of Complete Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs. Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. Common Symptoms of Broken Feet: Bruising Pain Redness Swelling Blue (foot) Numbness Cold Misshapen Cuts Deformities Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot […]

Treating Your Blisters

Not only can blisters be unsightly, but they can become irritating and detrimental to our everyday activities. There are many different ways to prevent blisters, and they involve buying properly-fitting shoes, choosing breathable material such as leather for footwear, and finding the proper support for your feet. Avoid picking at your blisters until they’re ready to be drained. Sterilize a needle and use an antibacterial treatment such as Neosporin immediately following the draining. Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, see one of our podiatrists of Complete Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs. Foot Blisters Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain. What are Foot Blisters? A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected. How do Blisters Form? Blisters on the feet […]

Strained Plantar Fascia may cause Heel Pain

If you suffer from chronic heel and foot pain, it may be because your plantar fascia ligament is irritated or strained. Heel and foot pain can also be caused by plantar fasciitis, the number one leading cause, but it can also result from strenuous exercise on the feet. Stretch and relax your foot muscles by rolling the bottom of your feet on something round. Also make sure to have footwear that has proper support for your feet. Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. For more information, see one of our podiatrists of Complete Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs. Causes of Heel Pain Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue. Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom. Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the […]