Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center offers the highest-quality podiatrists to meet the increasing demand for improved foot and ankle care. Our skilled podiatrists perform surgeries to correct or remedy such problems as bunions, clawtoes, fractures, hammertoes, infections, and ruptured Achilles and other ligaments and tendons. Our podiatrists are among the best in the field and provide you with the latest treatment options right here at Thomasville Medical Center.
Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain) and Shock Wave Treatment
Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the connective tissue that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point where it inserts into the heel bone. Also called heel spur syndrome, the condition can usually be successfully treated with conservative measures such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy.
Thomasville Medical Center offers relief for heel pain using orthotripsy, which emits shock waves similar to those used to treat kidney stones, increases blood flow and stimulates the healing of the affected heel. The procedure has been proven effective with just one treatment in more than 80 percent of documented cases.
Whereas, invasive surgical procedures require cutting part of the fascia, reducing its important function in the foot, non-invasive orthotripsy provides a long-term resolution that is as effective as, or better than, surgical results. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and the patient is able to retain full weight-bearing ability and walk out of the hospital after the procedure. Patients also avoid long recovery periods and potential complications from open surgery.