When you are suffering from chronic heel pain from conditions like plantar fasciitis, finding a treatment that leads to improvement and relief can be frustrating and challenging. At Your Next Step, a podiatry practice serving the Philadelphia area, podiatrists offer an innovative ultrasound therapy that has helped many patients with stubborn foot and ankle pain.
What is ultrasound therapy?
Ultrasound therapy uses high frequency sound waves that targets problem areas such as the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that connects from the heel bone to the toes. It can reach several inches below the skin, and acts to stimulate the damaged tissue.
What are the benefits?
When you have plantar fasciitis or other injuries, inflammation is one of the primary symptoms that can occur in the area. Ultrasound therapy can stimulate the area by increasing blood flow, which helps to reduce inflammation. Increased blood circulation helps the tissues heal faster by supplying the area with fresh oxygen and nutrients while flushing out waste.
Although repeated visits are likely necessary to continue the effects, this conservative method is often used in conjunction with other standard treatments like stretches, custom orthotics, rest, icing, injections, and pain medication. The best way to find out what can help your individual condition is to consult with an experienced board-certified podiatrist.
At Your Next Step, not only do we offer a stellar team of podiatrists, Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, but we also use a variety of advanced technologies for diagnosis and treatments. In addition to the ultrasound therapy, we also offer a Tenex procedure for chronic tendon pain that uses minimally invasive techniques to gently remove damaged tissue to accelerate healing and pain relief, as well as laser treatments for nail fungus. Heel pain, sports injuries, toe deformities, pediatric foot problems, diabetic issues, nerve problems, and joint pain are just some of the types of foot and ankle conditions we treat. Please contact us at any of our locations in Ardmore, Paoli, or Downingtown to schedule an appointment today!