Non-Operative Foot and Ankle Treatment with Valley Foot Surgeons

Most foot and ankle problems can be treated without an extensive surgery. The Phoenix podiatrist doctors at Valley Foot Surgeons will attempt comprehensive nonoperative treatment prior to performing surgery if at all possible.

A lot of a person’s weight goes through their foot and ankle with every step. This is why even if you have a small foot and ankle problem it can cause you considerable pain and disability.

Valley foot surgeons has put together nonoperative treatment options including bracing, injection treatments, laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, wound care, medication management, nutritional services, and more. You will not find a more comprehensive set of foot and ankle treatments in one clinic anywhere else in the country.

Here is an overview of each of the major nonoperative treatment options provided at Valley foot surgeons:

Laser Therapy

Laser Foot Treatment
Laser Foot Treatment

Valley foot surgeons has multiple Class IV laser machines at the office. These have been shown to benefit patients tremendously who suffer from foot and ankle disorders. This may include assisting patients with ankle sprains to heal faster, or allowing those with plantar fasciitis and tendinitis to decrease inflammation and alleviate pain.

Laser treatments have been shown to assist patients tremendously when utilized in conjunction with medications, bracing, ultrasound treatment, and injections. Peripheral neuropathy patients for instance, benefit tremendously from laser therapy along with these additional treatments. Dr. Richard Jacoby is an expert in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and other treatments of peripheral neuropathy, and laser therapy is one of the mainstays of treatment.

There’s also a special laser at the office to eradicate toe fungus problems which can be unsightly and annoying to patients. Taking medication for this problem may take over a year to get rid of it, whereas, the laser often gets rid of the fungus problem within a few weeks.

Bracing and Orthotics

CAM Walker Boot
CAM Walker Boot

A considerable amount of foot and ankle problems respond well to bracing or orthotics. These treatments may work extremely well for bunions, flat feet, hammer toes, plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, arch disorders, and fractures.

Valley foot surgeons will valuate you individually to decide exactly what kind of specific orthotic or brace will best relieve your pain. This will give you the best chance of avoiding surgery and getting back to doing activities you desire.

Injection Treatments

The Scottsdale podiatrist doctors at Valley Foot Surgeons often utilize injections for foot and ankle pain management and wound care. For example, ankle arthritis can be irritating to patients and amenable to either a steroid injection or a regenerative medicine injection.

Valley Foot Surgeons has been having considerable success utilizing regenerative medicine injections which include anti-inflammatory material, mesenchymal stem cells, and cytokines along with hyaluronic acid. This combination has been providing excellent pain relief and increasing healing potential in arthritis, trauma, and tendon and ligament injuries.

Along with providing steroid and regenerative medicine injections for arthritis and pain management, these injections are also provided to facilitate wound healing in diabetic wounds and others such as crush injuries. The results so far have shown a decrease in healing time by 50%.

Wound Care (Diabetic and Others)

Having a wound that will not heal can be a disabling problem and lead to infections and potentially an amputation. The Phoenix foot doctors and Valley foot surgeons are experts at treating diabetic wounds and other difficult to heal acute and chronic wounds.

A typical wound care regimen will include an office based debridement, along with individualized laser therapy, and potentially a stem cell rich injection. The results of this regimen have been very impressive.

Ultrasound Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

There are many foot and ankle conditions that respond well to ultrasound acoustic therapy treatment, also known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). This treatment includes pulsed ultrasound waves through the painful area, such as through the heel, if a person has plantar fasciitis. It has been very successful in the treatments of inflamed foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains and heel spurs.

Usually the shock wave therapy treatment involves a few visits to the office and has allowed thousands of patients at Valley Foot Surgeons to avoid an operation.

Medications and Nutritional Services

As modern foot and ankle specialists, Valley foot surgeons has been looking at nutritional ways of helping patients with foot and ankle disorders get better. They have developed certain nutritional regimens including specific amino acids to help patients relieve the pain from such conditions as peripheral neuropathy.

Along with this, medications are utilized such as neurologic modifying one’s including Lyrica and Neurontin, along with potentially narcotics on a short-term basis if indicated.

If you want the best Scottsdale and Phoenix podiatrist in the Valley, call Valley Foot Surgeons today. Your feet will be in good hands!