Treatment Options: Methods for Addressing Foot Pain
At The Kansas Foot Center, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the very best treatments for their needs. While plenty of lower limb issues are common, everyone’s feet and ankles are unique. Your treatments should be tailored to best match your own needs. To that end, we provide a wide variety of treatment options, all designed to be adjusted to fit you best.
Conservative Care versus Surgery
For the majority of foot and ankle problems, conservative care is the most effective option for dealing with painful conditions. Noninvasive therapies work with your body to provide relief without the risks that come with opening your body during surgery. Sometimes, however, the most basic care methods are not enough. You may need stronger treatments to address chronic issues. This is where alternative treatment options like extracorporeal shockwave therapy, laser care, and more can be quite helpful.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or ESWT, is a treatment designed to stimulate healing in chronically damaged musculoskeletal tissues, like tendons and ligaments. Inflammation and tissue damage from conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis can be challenging to treat, especially if you’ve had them for a while. ESWT uses powerful, targeted waves of energy to trigger a recovery. The energy waves are beamed into the damaged area, where they stimulate your body’s immune response, speeding up your healing time. This is a possible option for people living with heel pain that haven’t had good results with other conservative treatments.
Another way to address inflammation and painful damage in soft tissues is through MLS laser therapy. This multi-wave lock system employs a powerful light to stimulate cell growth and reproduction in the damaged tissues, fostering healing. It uses a multi-faceted approach by employing multiple wavelengths, too, allowing it to reduce swelling and inflammation at the same time. This way, the therapy not only speeds up your healing, it helps alleviate your discomfort right away.
Fungal Nail Laser Therapy
Fungal nails are a difficult infection to fight. You have to reach the pathogen under the nail tissue and destroy it there. Laser nail treatments offer an alternative to the not-so-effective topical medications, and the oral medicines that work but come with side effects. The powerful laser light passes harmlessly through the nail tissue to target the infection underneath, allowing your toe to regrow new, healthy keratin more quickly.
This particular method is quite common for a good reason—it makes a difference for many people. Custom orthotics provide additional support or cushioning to the feet. They can potentially correct biomechanical issues, too, allowing your feet to function the way they’re designed to when your foot strikes the ground. This helps your lower limbs absorb shock and hard impacts healthily, relieving pain and correcting problems that cause damage over time.
When it comes to your feet and your unique needs, you should have the best possible treatment options available to you. No matter what you choose to do, however, don’t wait to seek help for foot pain. You don’t have to live with it. The sooner you address it, too, the easier it can be to eliminate. Let our team at The Kansas Foot Center help. If you’d like more information about our treatments, or to schedule a consultation, contact our Wichita office today! You can reach us online or by calling (866) 222-5177.