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By Ankle and Foot Institute
March 01, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Find out if shockwave therapy could be a good option for your heel pain.

Are you dealing with chronic heel pain? Not sure how to handle this issue or are you finding that self-care measures just aren’t enough? foot painThen it’s time to talk to our St. Louis podiatrist, Dr. Richard Wittock, about whether shockwave treatment could finally give you the relief you need.

What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)?

This non-invasive procedure performed right here in our office is designed to eliminate chronic heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. By applying high-intensity sound waves to the foot we can reduce both pain and inflammation in the tendon at the bottom of the foot. The shockwaves help to stimulate a natural healing respond in the affected tendon.

Who could benefit from ESWT?

This is a great option for someone dealing with severe, chronic or debilitating heel pain that hasn’t responded to other conservative treatments. Pain caused by plantar fasciitis and heel spurs respond best to ESWT.

Plantar fascia

ESWT can be a great treatment option because it boasts little to no side effects and can provide almost instant relief. However, some patients won’t actually experience the full results until a month or more later. But ESWT results can last forever.

Heel spur

Those patients with a variety of tendonitis conditions can also successfully treat their symptoms with this shockwave technology.

If your pain has lasted several months without responding to therapies like massage, splints, bracing, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications or stretching, it might be time to talk to your foot doctor in St. Louis about whether ESWT is right for you.

If you want to find out if shockwave treatment will give you the results you’ve been looking for then it’s time you scheduled an appointment with our foot experts in St. Louis, MO. Call Ankle and Foot Institute today!

By Ankle and Foot Institute
January 27, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Gout   foot pain  

Find out the symptoms of gout and when to seek medical care.

If you are experiencing sudden pain in your big toe, you could be dealing with gout. While not often talked about, this form of arthritis cangout be very painful and affect your daily life. From the office of your St. Louis, MO podiatrist, Dr. Richard F. Wittock, find out more about this condition and what to do if you have it.

What is gout?

Gout is a painful type of arthritis that happens when there is too much uric acid buildup in you body. Many people experience the pain in their big toe, but it can also affect the fingers, elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, or heels. Gout can be brought on by an illness, stressors, or from drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

What are the symptoms?

As we mentioned above, many people experience gout symptoms in their big toe. You may find that the toe is also warm to the touch, sore, red and/or swollen. This condition can also cause joint stiffness. Attacks can be so painful it wakes you from your sleep.

How is gout treated?

If you are dealing with any symptoms of gout, it’s important you see your podiatrist in St. Louis, MO for a proper diagnosis. Any symptoms such as these should always be checked out by a medical professional and not ignored.

An initial gout attack can last anywhere from three to 10 days, and you may experience another bout months or even years later. One of the first things we do to treat gout is recommend medication. This includes:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Steroids
  • Colchicine (a prescription anti-inflammatory that prevents future gout attacks)

We can also give you tips for changing your lifestyle so you can prevent future attacks and stay healthy. This may include changing your diet, exercising more routinely, or losing weight.

Dealing with any kind of foot pain is disconcerting, but don’t let it affect your day-to-day routine. Call your foot doctor in St. Louis, MO at Ankle and Foot Institute and figure out the cause of your pain.