If you’ve avoided foot pain until now, you’ve been lucky, since three out of four Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives. Not everyone develops chronic foot trouble, but it doesn’t take long with sore feet to realize what an important role your feet play in daily living.
When you have pain in your feet or ankles, you want to get over it quickly. Medications can mask the pain and reduce inflammation, but they don’t promote healing. Since you need to be on your feet daily, pain medication can actually hide a foot problem that’s getting worse. When the soft tissue of your feet contributes to pain, Dr. David J. Kaplan of FootCare Specialists, Inc. recommends radial pulse therapy as a nonsurgical, drug-free way to get back on your feet.
Radial pulse therapy (RPT) is a specific application of a technique also known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy. If you’ve heard of this procedure before, it may have been in association with kidney stones. Shockwaves generated from a device held against your body (extracorporeal = outside the body) can break up large kidney stones into smaller pieces that are more easily flushed through your system.
These shockwaves have beneficial side effects, including new tissue growth and increased bone density, leading to the development of other treatments based around shock waves. As it turns out, RPT is an incredibly effective treatment for several causes of foot pain.
Running down a list of common problems affecting your feet, ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis rank high. Each of these stems from an issue with soft tissue: ligaments, tendons, and fascia tissue. The pain you feel comes from tissue irritation, often in the form of tiny micro tears in the case of ankle sprains, or repetitive motion injuries thar cause inflammation in a tendon or the plantar fascia along the bottom of your foot.
Your body already has the tools and resources to fix these common sources of foot pain, but there are some roadblocks to fast healing. All the building blocks for self-healing are delivered by the bloodstream.
However, your feet are the most challenging point on your body to supply with a good quantity of fresh blood. If you have a condition that interferes with blood flow, such as diabetes, then it may be tough for you to find the balance between rest and mobility that promotes fast healing.
The shockwaves produced by the Zimmer RPT applicator used by Dr. Kaplan stimulate the damaged tissue areas of your feet and assist the natural healing processes of your body. Treatments are fast, drug-free, and noninvasive. The shockwaves produced by the applicator are strong enough to treat your pain, while remaining comfortable for you, the patient.
RPT may be the answer to your foot pain issues, whether you’re suffering from acute or chronic injuries. Contact FootCare Specialists, Inc. by phone or through the online booking tool at either of their offices and let Dr. Kaplan tell you more about this remarkable treatment. You’re steps away from a pain-free day, so schedule your consultation now.