When it comes to helping our patients get better, things like experience, compassion, and taking a personalized approach to patient care make a huge difference.
But they’re also only part of the story. It’s not enough to just have the right knowledge and the right mindset. You also need the right tools!
Medical techniques and equipment continue to develop and advance, and the team at Family Foot Care & Surgery offers many advanced procedures and technologies to help our patients thrive! Read on to learn more about some of the evidenced-based tools we use on a regular basis.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (for Pain)
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a safe, painless, and advanced therapy that can accelerate the body’s natural healing and recovery from chronic soft tissue injuries. Heel pain from plantar fasciitis is the condition we treat most commonly with ESWT, but it can also be effective for tendinitis, muscle injuries, and others.
ESWT generates “pulses” of sonic waves that are delivered through a handheld applicator (no incisions) through the skin and deep into injured tissues. These pulses “disrupt” your cells just enough that they trigger biological processes critical for healing, including improved blood flow and reduced inflammation.
This is a great option that can be an effective alternative to surgery for chronic pain that hasn’t responded to other conservative treatments, or just as a way to reduce the amount of downtime after an injury.
Swift Microwave Therapy (for Warts)
Swift is a revolutionary new way to eliminate plantar warts that is not only more effective than traditional methods (such as peeling medications, cryotherapy, or excision), but also safer, more comfortable, and more convenient!
Rather than cutting out the wart, or burning or freezing it off, Swift works by treating the viral infection that caused the wart in the first place. Microwave energy is delivered to the upper layers of skin where the wart resides, which alerts the immune system to the infection and enables it to begin attacking the infection in force. Once this is accomplished, the wart itself will disappear naturally.
The microwave therapy only needs to be applied for 2-3 seconds, and it produces at most a very brief, minor discomfort. You won’t need any bandages, activity restrictions, or home care of any kind afterward.