Monthly Archives: September 2011

High Ankle Sprains Can Keep You Down

056 jaguars-jetsJaguars fans are getting excited about the upcoming game against the New Orleans Saints this Sunday at Jacksonville’s EverBank field. Unfortunately in a recent game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets center Nick Mangold was taken out of the game due to injury. Mangold suffered a high ankle sprain—a tear in the ligaments connecting the two bones of the lower leg, the tibia and fibula.

Ordinary ankle sprains usually occur as a result of tears to the ligaments connecting the leg bones to the bones of the heel and foot.  This typically happens as a result of the foot rolling inwards toward the center of the body. On the other hand, high ankle sprains are the result of the foot twisting outwards, which can cause ankle fractures if the motion is more violent.

As with many traumatic sports injuries, Dr. Vimal Reddy recommends the RICE treatment to keep down the swelling and to reduce pain and inflammation:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

056 ankle_syndesmosis_intro01To diagnose a high ankle sprain, Dr. Reddy will order an MRI to see if there is separation of the leg bones or fluid leakage from the ankle joint. If the bones are not moving around, the injury is said to be stable and the patient will be back on their feet in days or weeks.  If the tibia and fibula (the two bones of the lower leg) have separated, surgery may be necessary to repair the ligaments and recovery will be much slower. The First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic looks forward to a victory this weekend for the Jaguars and no injuries on the field.

EPAT for your Heel Pain

EPAT_123142529Whether you are a weekend warrior suffering from irritated tendons or the Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams suffering from plantar fasciitis, the First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic may have your solution. Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT) is a new therapy able to help people with inflamed and irritated tendons. The best part… No surgery required!  Other treatments effective in taking care of such aches and pains are:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  •  Stretching
  • and the dreaded…cortisone injections

EPAT is the most advanced and highly effective, non-invasive, treatment method approved by the FDA. The word extracorporeal means the entire treatment takes place from outside of the body—no knife required. It then transmits shockwaves through the tissue to the area of injury causing micro-trauma. This will stimulate blood flow to the area and insure the injured tendon receives the nutrients it needs to heal. Because EPAT works by causing small, localized areas of inflammation, avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and so on. The benefits include:

  • Cost effective
  • Patients are immediately fully weight bearing
  • Bilateral patients can be treated at the same time
  • Returning to your work/normal routine within 24-48 hours after the procedure

The procedure itself is performed in our Jacksonville, FL office and takes less then half an hour. While it is not painless, patients usually are not in extreme discomfort. Dr. Reddy will anaesthetize the area to minimize any pain.  The expected results are often experienced after only 3 treatments at weekly intervals but may take up to four weeks for pain relief to begin.  The overall goal is to achieve maximum healing in minimum time.

“Laser” for your Foot & Ankle Pain

First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic is excited to announce MLS laser therapy! Dr. Vimal Reddy is one of few in Jacksonville, FL who is currently offering this amazing treatment.  The laser therapy painlessly and effectively relieves:

Heel Pain Neuropathy
Bunion Pain Morton’s neuroma
Plantar Fasciitis Tendonitis
Circulation Issues Sports Injuries

 

Many diseases treated by podiatrists involve pain, swelling, and inflammation. The MLS laser will counter the injury on all three fronts completely pain free! It’s like shining a flashlight on one’s skin. Unlike with cortisone injections, the patient can continue to be active throughout their therapy. Most individuals will feel relief within their first few visits, but Dr. Reddy recommends 6-10 treatments depending on the situation.

054 LaserHow does this amazing therapy work?  MLS stands for Multi-wave Lock System. Photons of laser energy penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth, thus speeding up the recovery process.  As inflammation is reduced, so is the pain.

While MLS laser treatment shows tremendous promise, many insurance plans still consider it an experimental therapy and unfortunately do not cover the therapy.  This may change as studies continue and as patients continue to feel the results.  To find out more about relieving your foot and ankle pain today please contact us at (904) 739-9129.