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At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, we see and treat a lot of patients with inflammation and pain.  Inflammation can stem from tendinitis, arthritis, sprains, strains, wounds, swelling, neuropathy, fractures and many other causes. 

One way that we treat these issues is called cold laser.  As the name implies, this treatment modality uses a laser that does not burn the skin but uses different wavelengths of light emitted from the laser to target various tissue types throughout the body.   The results of this have been exceptional and our patients have been very happy with the outcomes.

The list below highlights several ways that cold laser can improve your symptoms:

  1. Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: Laser light therapy increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result, cells of tendons, ligaments, bones, nerves and muscles are repaired faster.
  2. Faster Wound Healing: Laser light stimulates fibroblasts which are the cells that aid in wound healing. Laser light is effective in open wounds, burns and scars.
  3. Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: Laser light reduces scar tissue formation following tissue damage from cut, scratches, burns or surgery by inducing production of normal type 1 collagen.
  4. Reducing Inflammation: The anti-edemic effect of laser light causes vasodilation and activates the lymphatic drainage system and thus decreases swelling.
  5. Analgesia: Laser light affects nerve cells in a way that blocks pain from being transmitted.  This causes a decrease in pain.
  6. Improved Vascular Activity: Laser light increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue that speeds up the healing process and reduces scar tissue.
  7. Increased Metabolic Activity: Laser therapy enhances enzymatic activity within the cell, facilitates oxygen delivery from the bloodstream into the reparation chain, and increases cell membrane permeability. Thus the damaged cells are repaired and regenerate faster.
  8. Improved Nerve Function: Laser light speeds up the process of nerve cell reconnection and increases the amplitude of action potential to optimize muscle action.

 

At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Silvers, Dr. Lloyd and Dr. Witt use cold laser daily to treat their patients to allow for quicker recovery and pain relief.

Cold laser therapy with the K-Laser has been made very affordable at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Let K-Laser painlessly treat the aches and pains that are slowing you down. Call today for more information and to schedule an appointment! 

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January 17, 2020
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At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center we see a lot of patients who experience ball of the foot pain.  There are several possible reasons for this, but one potential cause is fat pad atrophy.  There is a natural cushion for our feet at both the heels and ball of the foot that is made of fat that protects these areas during ambulation.  As we age, those areas can begin to shift out of place or can become thinner due to all the amount of stress and pressure over the years.  As this happens, we no longer have that natural protection to cushion these bony prominences.   This can then cause pain, calluses and even wounds due to loss of the fat.  This can be detrimental to our diabetic patients.   At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center our Podiatrists have treated hundreds of patients with this condition and can offer customized solutions to help you back on your feet.  If you believe that you are experiencing this or any other foot/ankle disorder please call us at 972-542-2155 to be evaluated.

A common complaint we see at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center is pain along the outside of the foot and/or ankle.  This pain usually starts after walking on uneven surfaces or after starting new exercises/sport.  It can also occur after an ankle sprain or wearing a bad pair of shoes.  One of the most common reasons for this type of pain is peroneal tendinitis.  There are two peroneal tendons that start just below the knee on the outside of the leg and course down toward the back of the ankle.  If you look straight down at your foot, you will most likely see a, “bump” along the outer, midportion of your foot.  This is where one peroneal tendon attaches and the other goes beneath the foot and attaches to the underside on the inside of the foot.   Together these tendons work to pull the foot down and out during gait.  They are used every step that we take.  Because these tendons are stretched and pulled with every step, they can become tired or inflamed fairly easy.   This problem may get better with simple rest alone but most of the time it does not and needs extra help. 

Treating this issue begins with the correct diagnosis.  One of our provides will take a thorough history and examine the lower extremity.  We will usually obtain X-rays in the office as well to rule out any problems with the structure surrounding the tendon.  After the diagnosis is made, treatment will be tailored so we can get you back on your feet as soon as possible.    

At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, our providers treat this condition nearly every day.  We have the experience and tools to help get your better and stay better.  If you have any questions about this or any other foot/ankle condition, please call us at 972-542-2155.

We know that you have options in Collin County for medical care of the foot and ankle.  If you are already a patient of our practice, we thank you.  If you are looking for medical care we would like to list a few reasons why we believe we are the best:

  • Our group has called McKinney, Texas home since 1998 and have treated thousands of patients from all over Texas. 
  • Drs. Silvers, Lloyd and Witt will treat you like family.  Our providers care about your foot and ankle condition and we assure you that the care that you are provided will be personalized so that we can get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. 
  • We listen to you, your foot and ankle complaints, and your expected goals of treatment.  We will tailor a treatment plan that is the best for you, your problem, your lifestyle and your goals. 
  • Trusted, experienced, ethical, skilled Doctors of Podiatric Medicine
  • Residency Trained Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
  • Dr. Silvers and Dr. Lloyd are Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
  • Dr. Lloyd and Dr. Witt are Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.
  • We  strive to deliver the best foot and ankle care available with a skilled and gentle hand.
  • Quality Boots, supports and braces. We only dispense the industry best medical equipment. At AFAC, you will not get a generic equivalent.
  • Seasoned and friendly staff
  • Expert Insurance Claims Specialists
  • On staff at several area Hospitals and Surgery Centers
  • Same Day appointments and Walk-Ins Available.

For a limited time, we are offering a discount on our hydrating medication, Lantiseptic.  This is a high-lanolin formula skin protectant for preventing and helping a variety of skin conditions.  It can be used to protect the skin as well as hydrate.  We have used lantiseptic with great success treating multiple types of dermatitis, pressure sores and especially dry, cracked heels.  The medication is used daily and forms an excellent barrier to soothe, moisturize and protect reddened or cracked skin. 

Right now, this product is available at either of our office locations for $7

If you have questions about this, or any other foot/ankle condition.  Please call us at 972-542-2155.

Have a Great Day, 

Advanced Foot & Ankle Team