3 Non-Surgical Treatments For Foot & Ankle Pain


 

Before deciding on foot or ankle surgery, your doctor will try several non-surgical treatments to relieve the pain or inflammation in your foot or ankle.

At LuxePodiatry™ we provide many non-surgical treatment options for our patients.  Here are three non-surgical treatments that are easily performed in our office with little to no downtime.

Hyaluronic Acid Injections

Hyaluronan is a natural substance found in your joints and joint fluid. In the foot and ankle, hyaluronan acts like a lubricant and a cushion in the joint.  When you lose this lubricant and cushion, you will get decreased motion, pain and swelling in your joints.

The goal of this type of injection is to supplement poor-quality hyaluronan in your painful joint with additional highly purified hyaluronan. We use an injectable solution made from highly purified sodium hyaluronate (also known as hyaluronic acid) that is extracted from chicken combs. These are harvested from chickens that have been certified as suitable for human consumption via pre- and post-mortem veterinary inspection.

The treatment will be injected directly into your joint right in the office by one of our trained physicians.

The whole procedure takes only a few minutes:

  1. Your doctor may use a local anesthetic to numb the area.
  2. Your doctor may remove any the fluid that is currently in your joint with a process called arthrocentesis.
  3. Your doctor injects hyaluronic acid therapy into the painful joint space.

You may be instructed to avoid strenuous activities for a couple of days following the injection. Most patients experience little or no discomfort during the injection.

The injections are usually done in a series.  Your doctor will inform you as to how many injections you will need.

We are currently using Supartz FX™

 

 

Traumeel® Injections

Traumeel is a homeopathic prescription drug that is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory and degenerative conditions.  Traumeel is a botanical extract and agent found in nature that not only reduces swelling, but balances it to promote its benefits.  Traumeel is primarily composed of arnica montana root, a plant extract that is commonly found in tablets and creams to relieve pain and inflammation.

Since the solution is mostly plant based, there are little to no side effects or allergic reactions.  Traumeel is an anti-inflammatory treatment that can be used as often as necessary. Compared to corticosteroids, though safe when regulated by a physician, may have adverse effects if used too often.

Traumeel injections treat several inflammation based conditions. Soft tissue injuries respond very well to Traumeel treatment, including muscles ligaments, and tendons. It is very helpful to those who experience chronic inflammation, such as athletes who may have an area or body part that they overuse during performance.

Some of the common conditions Traumeel is used for:

  • Tendinitis
  • Strains/Sprains
  • Tears of ligaments, muscles or tendons
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Joint Pain
  • Sports Injury
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Neuroma
  • Minor Arthritis Symptoms

Human Amniotic Cell Membrane

Get back to the activities and sports that you love!

Amniotic cell therapy is an all natural injection therapy designed for soft tissue injuries in the foot and ankle.  Amniotic therapy is used for patients who have found no relief through conservative treatments such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, insoles and bracing or are looking for non-surgical and non-steroidal options.

Amniotic fluid is highly concentrated in stem cells, proteins, cytokines and other important compounds, which are one some of the most fundamental cells in our bodies.  Studies have shown this fluid to be naturally regenerative and can reduce inflammation and scars.  Amniotic fluid is the fluid surrounding a fetus in pregnancy.  During most pregnancies, this fluid is thrown away after birth.  Consenting mothers of cesarian section babies can donate this fluid because of it’s amazing regenerative process.  It is important to note, these cells come from the amniotic sac and are not part of the embryo.

You will be back on your feet immediately with little to no downtime.

For Questions or To Schedule a Consultation with One of Our Physicians Please Call Us at (561) 619-3557

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