Whenever a patient comes into Capital Podiatry Associates, our goal is to identify the cause of their discomfort and provide the best treatment to meet their individual needs. Oftentimes this takes the form of time-honored techniques, such as rest and stretching, and simple procedures like ingrown toenail removal. There's a reason why conservative methods like these are often the first line of defense against common foot and ankle conditions: They're non- (or minimally) invasive and often quite effective.
However, when more advanced treatments are in order, our state-of-the-art technology allows us to address wide-ranging issues, relieving pain, accelerating healing, and reaching affected areas with pinpoint accuracy. Ready to give painful or unsightly podiatric problems the boot? We can help.
State-of-the-Art Procedures, Tools, and Treatments
From onsite imaging to advanced laser therapy, Capital Podiatry Associates, is a one-stop-shop for all your foot, ankle, and toenail needs. Regularly reviewing new treatments and procedures for efficacy is part of our ongoing commitment to patients. Here's a look at some of the cutting-edge tools and treatments currently used in our practice.
Laser Treatment for Pain and Neuropathy
Our experienced Alexandria podiatrists use Multi-Wave Locked System (MLS) laser therapy to relieve pain and inflammation and stimulate accelerated healing. Although the laser part might seem very space-age, the procedure's true strength lies in its ability to jump-start the body's natural healing processes. The light energy from the MLS laser is set to very specific frequencies that penetrate deep into the site of an injury, encouraging cells to increase their repair activities while simultaneously encouraging increased blood flow to supply more essential nutrients and oxygen to the affected area.
A schedule of 7 to 10 MLS therapy sessions is typical, with many patients reporting results after just a few treatments. Additionally, the procedure involves no medications or pain, and you can go right on with your day immediately afterward. We often recommend MLS therapy for our neuropathy patients to help relieve nerve pain, slow degeneration, and in some cases, even encourage healing of the nerves. This process can also be effective for plantar fasciitis, joint pain, tendinitis, and post-operative pain.
Our ultrasound technology has both diagnostic and therapeutic uses:
- Diagnostically, an ultrasound can provide a clear image of the source of a foot or ankle issue. This not only provides valuable information for a diagnosis, but it can also ensure that treatments such as injections hit their mark and are used most effectively.
- Therapeutically, an ultrasound uses sound waves—at about a million vibrations per second—to increase blood flow and reduce swelling to the site of a soft tissue injury.
Some tissue cleaning may also be performed. A typical ultrasound session is usually about eight minutes.
In cases where a fracture or other internal injury is suspected, you don't have to schedule an imaging session elsewhere. We provide fast and convenient digital X-rays right in our office, with results available for our—and your—viewing just minutes later.
TENS for Diabetic Neuropathy
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is another therapy we often recommend to treat the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and peripheral artery disease (PAD). The treatment involves placing electrodes on the skin near the location of pain and sending small electrical impulses. This stimulates nerve fibers in that location and reduces the transmission of pain signals to the brain.