Our Temple Hills & Clinton, MD Podiatrist treats a wide variety of foot & ankle injuries. We offer Sports Medicine services & Shock Wave Therapy.
SPORTS MEDICINE OF THE FOOT & ANKLE
Many of our patients present with foot or ankle injuries. These injuries could be the result of simply tripping on the stairs, stepping on a foreign object while barefoot or from playing their favorite sports activity.
Our podiatry practice, Dr. Burton J. Katzen, DPM, LLC , offers a variety of services for sport-related injuries, such as:
SHOCK WAVE THERAPY (ESWT)
WHAT IS EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCK WAVE THERAPY (ESWT)?
Recently, a non-surgical alternative modality called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) gained the Food and Drug Administration’s approval for treatment of recalcitrant plantar fasciitis. This technology has been around for over 20 years for treatment of kidney stones. It is a non-surgical, non-invasive alternative for chronic heel pain sufferers who have failed to improve after an extended period of conservative therapy.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Shockwaves, also known as pressure or sound waves, are generated from a special FDA approved ESWT device directed at the targeted painful tissue. The concept in orthopedic disorders is that the shockwave stimulates and reactivates healing to encourage revascularization and other elements necessary to advance normal tissue healing. Additionally, the shockwaves help to over-stimulate pain transmission nerves, which can lead to a reduction in sensitivity and pain.
After the treatment, many patients experience immediate relief from their symptoms which continues to improve with subsequent treatments over a 3-5 week period. We see a high level of successful outcomes using shockwave especially when traditional conservative treatments have not been effective.
At Dr. Burton J. Katzen, DPM, LLC we treat many athletes, non-invasive treatments like shockwave helps keep my patients out of surgery and back in the game. So, if you're experiencing chronic foot and ankle pain, or if you're suffering from an overuse injury, make an appointment with Dr. Katzen to determine if you are a candidate for Shockwave Therapy.