Alternatives to Surgery for Foot Injuries
From bones or tendons that crack or twist in a sudden instant, to dull aches that grow increasingly painful over time, foot and ankle injuries can throw a major wrench into your plans. At some point, you know you can’t keep going on—you need treatment if you’re ever going to get back to your normal lifestyle. But will you need surgery? What other options are there?
There’s good news on that front. Many foot and ankle injuries, from acute traumas to chronic pain caused by repetitive wear and tear, can be treated or managed through a variety of measures. And at Kansas Foot Center, we specialize in bringing you conservative therapies that often prove to be successful alternatives to surgery. These range from traditional, low-tech treatments to state-of-the-art solutions.
Of course, if you’ve sustained a severe trauma where bones have been splintered, displaced, or destabilized, you’re probably going to need surgery. But broken bones that have remained properly aligned, and even some other serious injuries such as tendon ruptures, can often be treated through immobilization and perhaps some manual manipulation if necessary.
Traditional options for aches, pains, and other overuse injuries may include things like rest, stretches, physical therapy, splints, braces, ice, injections, or other types of simple tools and medications. In most cases, these remedies are more than enough. However, we also offer many options for tougher pain, including:
- Custom orthotics, which are shoe inserts specially crafted from a mold or scan of your own two feet to provide just the right amount of support, cushioning, and stability you need.
- Extracorporeal shockwave therapy, which uses waves of energy (similar to sound waves) to accelerate your body’s natural healing response.
- MLS laser therapy, which uses an entirely safe, no-invasive laser to stimulate cellular growth and tissue repair and soothe pain.
We can’t always guarantee you won’t need surgery, but with a comprehensive set of low and high-tech options and training at our disposal, we’ll do everything in our power to provide the best possible treatment for your unique injury and specific circumstances. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Tom Truong, give us a call today at (866) 222-5177.