What is MicroVas Therapy?
MicroVas therapy is the most advanced form of ionic impulse therapy on the market today. Unlike other forms of electrical stimulation which penetrate only a fraction of an inch and have both positive and negative electrodes on the same surface, MicroVas therapy treatments pass completely through the limb or body area under treatment. The emitter pads are always 180 degrees from each other and are usually placed in multiples to treat an entire limb or body area. The emitter pads reverse polarity prior to each impulse resulting in an alternating directional pulse. This provides unrivaled tissue penetration especially in the extremities.
How Does MicroVas Therapy Work?
By using a digital current source to stimulate neuromuscular contractions that drive the venous muscle pumps, MicroVas therapy improves blood flow and tissue oxygenation, which in turn helps stimulate angiogenesis (a healing and rebuilding mechanism) within the body. MicroVas stimulates nerves, muscles and all 3 branches of circulation (arterial, venous & lymphatic).
How Long has MicroVas therapy been around?
The technology was developed between 1988 – 1989 by US military laboratories to treat hypothermia in Navy Seals. As its use expanded, the health benefits of MicroVas therapy became applicable to an ever expanding list of indications.
How does MicroVas Therapy help the Human Body?
1. Increased Circulation: Micro vascular therapy immediately and dramatically increases blood flow which perfuses the capillary beds and elevates tissue oxygenation, aids in fibroblast proliferation and collagen formation, up regulates platelet derived growth factors and boosts transcapillary exchange of nutrients.
2. Involuntary Exercise: Retrains and rebuilds muscle, aids in restoring flexion, range of motion and strength. Elevates metabolism and production of local metabolites.
3. Lymphatic Drainage: Boosts lymphatic drainage from 10- fold to 30-fold, which relieves swelling and inflammation, decompresses nerves in constricted spaces and boosts the body's immune responses.
4. Pain Management: Palliative effects of MicroVas therapy include the blocking of neurological transmission of pain signals and stimulation of endorphins
What type of conditions does MicroVas Therapy help with?
* Healing of fractures of the foot and ankle
* Complex Regional Pain Syndrome of the foot and ankle
* Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
* Charcot Arthropathy
* Rheumatoid Arthritis
* Achilles Tendonitis
* Plantar fasciitis
* Sprain of foot or ankle
* Chronic Pain in the foot and ankle
What are the contraindications of MicroVas Therapy?
1. Implanted cardiac pacemaker
2. Implanted cardiac defibrillator
3. Recent unstable or untreated stroke
4. History of melanoma
5. Active bleeding disorders
6. Deep venous thrombosis
7. Currently pregnant
How is MicroVas Therapy Administered?
Each MicroVas treatment lasts 45 minutes and is administered twice weekly in 4 week intervals. After each 4 week interval, the Doctor will evaluate your response to therapy.
What is Neuropathy?
There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy, the most common being: diabetes, alcoholism, radiation and chemical treatment for cancer. The most common cause that is seen by Dr. Silvers, Dr. Lloyd and Dr. Witt at Advanced Foot and Ankle in McKinney and Prosper, Texas is Diabetic Peripheral neuropathy which is caused by the gradual destruction of the nerves in the feet due to high glucose levels. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center our providers use a combination of treatments for their patients. One of these treatments is MicroVas, which is a unit that stimulates microcirculation and blood flow to the nerve which allows the nerves to regenerate. The patient needs to be aware that improvement will be gradual and may take several months, although some patients do feel a difference quickly. The treatments duration is 45 minutes and is recommended 3 times a week initially. The patient essentially just sits and relaxes while the unit is attached to the patient’s leg and gradually increased in intensity to their level of tolerance. This therapy in combination with Neur-Rx, a vitamin especially designed for diabetic neuropathy is very effective. The Microvas encourages blood flow to the nerve and the Neur-Rx nourishes the nerve and encourages re-growth. At times, our providers may recommend an epidermal nerve density test to measure the amount of nerve fibers in the skin and to obtain a baseline prior to initiating treatment. Another skin biopsy can be obtained to monitor the efficacy of treatment and evaluate for new nerve growth and the density of the nerve re-growth. MicroVas is usually covered with private insurances; however, Medicare does not pay for this treatment as they consider it “experimental” Therefore, payment plans are offered for these
Just about everyone has stubbed their toe at some point which has caused swelling and bruising. After this happens, there are two responses we see in our office: 1) The patient will come in right away because they want to know if something is broken or 2) The patient comes in several weeks later and the toe is still painful. These people don’t come in right away because they say, “there is nothing to do for a broken toe”. Well, that’s not true. The majority of toe fractures just need rest and immobilization for a few weeks. There are fractures however that extend into the small joints of the toes. These fractures are the type that linger, especially when you don’t seek treatment. If the fracture doesn’t heal properly, than you may have chronic pain because the joint is no longer aligned and you can develop post traumatic arthritis which will require surgery to repair. Many of these cases can be avoided by coming to our office and having one of our doctors evaluate you and take X-rays to prevent long term complications. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Silvers, Dr. Lloyd and Dr. Witt have seen and treated all types of injuries to the foot and ankle. If you have a question about this or any other issue with your feet and ankles, please call us at 972-542-2155.
Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Foot pain, particularly heel pain, is one of the most common complaints and most people will deal with pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you are a runner, there are many risk factors that can play into your likelihood to deal with heel pain. If heel pain is happening to you, you may be wondering what’s causing it and how you can get rid of the pain quickly.
Causes of Heel Pain
As you might imagine, there are many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain. The root cause will also determine the best course of action for getting your symptoms under control while providing the optimal healing environment for a speedy recovery.
The most common cause of heel pain is an acute inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. Of course, there are other reasons people experience heel pain. Other causes include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fracture
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Heel spur
- Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
- Page’s disease of bone
- Peripheral neuropathy
Heel Pain Treatment Options
For more mild-to-moderate cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend simple conservative treatment options that you can incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of home. This is usually the first course of action, unless the condition is more serious. Only once we’ve exhausted at-home care and pain is still present do we decide on more aggressive tactics for handling your symptoms.
Common at-home heel pain treatment options include:
- OTC pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen)
- Icing the heel several times a day
- Bracing or splinting the foot
- Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Wearing protective and supportive shoes
- Resting and avoiding certain activities or high-impact exercises
If you’ve tried these treatment options for weeks and still don’t notice any change in your symptoms—or if symptoms get worse—then it’s time to visit your foot doctor again to determine the next step. If pain and swelling are severe we may recommend steroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or ultrasound therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the imbalance, deformity, or problem that’s causing your chronic or severe heel pain.
Don’t let heel pain affect your day-to-day life when there are simple and easy solutions to manage your symptoms and promote faster healing. Turn to a podiatrist who will be able to handle your heel pain and get your foot health back on track.
What your podiatrists in McKinney and Prosper want you to know about heel pain
Do you suffer from stabbing, aching heel pain? Do you have to limit walking and standing because of it? If you answered yes to these questions, you will be happy to know that there is relief from heel pain, thanks to the treatments available from your podiatrist.
In order to find the most effective treatment, you need to know what is causing your heel pain. The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center want to share some common causes and treatments for heel pain. They have two convenient office locations in McKinney and Prosper, TX, to help your feet.
You can have heel pain as a result of medical factors including obesity, flat feet, or diabetes. You can also experience heel pain if you wear poorly-fitting, unsupportive shoes. Running, tennis, or other high-impact sports may also cause heel pain.
Foot injuries are a common cause of heel pain. If you step on a sharp object, you can get a deep bruise your heel. Excess calcium deposits on your heel, commonly known as a heel spur, can also result in heel pain.
For these causes of heel pain, prevention is important. Always wear supportive shoes appropriate for the activity you are doing, and maintain a comfortable weight. Also, monitor the surface you are walking on, and clear your floors of objects that could injure your feet.
Heel pain is also often caused by inflammation of the thick band of tissue running across your heel, known as the plantar fascia. When you suffer from this inflammation, you have plantar fasciitis. It can be caused by walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time, overpronation when you walk, and running, jogging, playing tennis, or other high-impact sports.
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, it’s best to visit your podiatrist. Common treatments for plantar fasciitis from the podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center include:
- Custom-fit orthotics or padding
- Walking casts or night splints
- Physical therapy and stretching
- Corticosteroid injections
- Surgical treatment for severe cases
You deserve to enjoy your life without pain. To get relief from your heel pain, call the podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, with offices in McKinney and Prosper, TX. Protect your feet from heel pain by calling today!
While it might not be something you think about often (or at all), the health of your child’s feet is important. Your child is growing by leaps and bounds and certain habits and other factors can affect how your child’s feet develop or if they experience injuries or other problems down the road. Unfortunately, a lot of children end up wearing shoes that are far too small for their feet, which can lead to pain, structural imbalances and certain foot deformities.
We know that going shoe shopping is certainly not a walk in the park for most parents; however, it’s an important component to making sure your child maintains healthy feet. There are many things to think about when it comes to picking the right shoes, and your podiatrist can also provide suggestions and tips to make the world of shoe shopping easier for you and your little one.
Some factors that you should consider when shopping for the right shoes include:
- Your child’s age
- The shoe’s material
- Your child’s shoe size
- The shoe’s structure
A good rule of thumb is to shop for shoes every 2 months when your child is between the ages of 1 and 2 years old. Once they reach three and four, you’ll want to purchase new shoes approximately every four months. At the point that your child is five or six years old, every six months is a good time to swap out old shoes for new ones.
As you might already know, the bones of a baby or infant’s feet are soft and haven’t fully developed. To protect your child’s feet it’s important that they wear socks and soft shoes. Make sure that as your child’s feet grow that the toes have room to wiggle and move around within the shoes. Bunched-up toes are a major no-no!
Since your little one is growing by leaps and bounds it is important that you are constantly checking their shoe size for changes. Remember that feet swell throughout the day, so shoe shopping should be done at the end of the day when feet are at their largest. If you aren’t sure what size shoe your little one wears, you can ask one of the store’s footwear specialists for help.
Of course, you can’t forget the importance of choosing the right socks, as well. Socks can prevent your little one from blisters, calluses and other foot problems. They can also wick away sweat and prevent fungal infections. When it comes to choosing the right socks for your little one consider the type of fabric, your child’s activity level, the size of your child’s feet and sensitivities they might have to certain fabrics.
When in doubt, you should talk to a foot doctor who can provide you with advice, answer any questions you might have about your child’s developing feet and also provide comprehensive care, when needed.
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