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April 2020

Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

Are PRP Injections Right for Me?

The benefits of using PRP injections range from treating chronic foot conditions, sudden injuries, foot surgeries, and may also help people with general ailments that are associated with aging. It is defined as a procedure that draws blood from the patient, then the platelets are separated by using a machine that spins it at an accelerated speed. It is known to be beneficial in repairing damaged tissues in the body, and is non-invasive to administer. Some of the foot conditions that are helped by using PRP injections can include plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, and certain types of arthritis. If you have foot pain, and are considering this type of treatment, it is advised that you seek professional advice from a podiatrist who can help you to determine if this is a correct treatment method for you.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact Dr. Stephen Petrofsky of Florida. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Benefits

One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Port Charlotte, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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The joys and delights of pregnancy are often accompanied by sore and achy feet. This happens as a result of the growing fetus putting pressure on the lower extremities. The feet may become swollen and tired, which is why it can be beneficial to elevate them as often as possible during the day. Additionally, it may help to incorporate a gentle exercise program into your daily routine to keep your feet healthy during this time. Research has indicated the importance of avoiding high temperatures, as this can possibly help to diminish existing swelling. If you would like additional information about how to protect your feet during pregnancy, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Stephen Petrofsky from Florida. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Port Charlotte, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 13 April 2020 00:00

Inflammation of the Tarsal Tunnel

There is a nerve which is located behind the bone that protrudes on the inside of the ankle. This is referred to as the tibial nerve which runs under a band of tissue that forms a tunnel. Tarsal tunnel syndrome can take place when inflammation occurs to the surrounding tissue, and this ailment typically causes pain and discomfort. Common symptoms that are associated with this condition may include a dull pain in the bottom of the foot, and patients may feel a burning or tingling sensation. If you are afflicted with tarsal tunnel syndrome, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can advise you on treatment options that are best for you.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Stephen Petrofsky of Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Port Charlotte, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 06 April 2020 00:00

How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?

Plantar fasciitis is an uncomfortable foot condition that often leads to a great deal of foot pain, felt most prominently in the heel region of the feet. The plantar fascia is the tissue in the foot that stretches from the heel to to the front of the bottom of the foot. When this tissue is damaged, or overworked, the condition known as plantar fasciitis may develop, causing intense heel pain. To help treat this condition, it may be beneficial to avoid stressful athletic activities. To cope with pain, Ibuprofen may be taken, and cortisone injections may be administered to the affected foot. Wearing custom orthotics is another great treatment option to help relieve the discomfort of plantar fasciitis. For more information on treating this condition, it’s suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Stephen Petrofsky from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Port Charlotte, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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