In the coming months and years, we predict that 3-D optical foot scanning will replace plaster casting as the method of choice for capturing foot shape for production of functional foot orthoses. We also predict that there is great potential for laser scanning of the feet to result in better casts and, subsequently, better orthoses.
Digital imaging of the feet will result in better orthoses primarily because plaster is a difficult material to work with. Plaster is slippery, wet, soft, slimy and takes a long time to dry. If not dry, it bends out of shape easily when being removed from the feet. In addition, because it takes a long time to dry, some practitioners have staff take the casts. This usually results in a less than optimal cast. Others resort to using foam boxes, which have been shown in several studies to cause excessive varus to be captured in the cast and, ultimately, the orthoses.
***Medford Foot and Ankle Clinic is proud to incorporate 3D digital imaging for fabrication of functional foot orthotics. Technology does make a difference***
Laser Treatment For Heel Pain Updated: Friday, July 26 2013, 12:42 PM EDT
It could help you get rid of pain with every step. Experts at The Center for Foot Care in the Tri-State are using a new kind of laser to get rid of heel pain. Local 12's Liz Bonis shows us how it works in today's Medical Edge. Maggie Lisle is back on her feet again now, but for quite a while she got sidelined from her usual running routine. "It started about a year and a half ago." Lisle, who also spends a lot time on her feet as an eye doctor, has a condition called plantar fasciitis or heel pain. "I tried orthopedics, which I had tried before, stretches, cortisone shots, physical therapy, and you name it, I tried it." That is until she found Doctor Kristin Titko,1 a podiatrist who is now treating patients with what's called MLS laser therapy. "It's actually all infrared light, but this is the only system that has two wavelengths working together to accomplish the results." Doctor Titko let me look on as she treated Lisle with the laser for about five to ten minutes. "There's a continuous emission that addresses both inflammation and swelling, and then there's a pulsed emission that addresses pain, decreasing the pain and gives an analgesic effect." In most cases, multiple treatments are required. Those range in price from $300-$500. In most cases, it is not covered by medical insurance plans. It can be used for diabetic neuropathy, the heel pain that she has, and other conditions. "We treat acute injuries like tendinitis or an ankle sprain, we treat nerve damage, which may be tarsal tunnel and we may treat a more chronic condition, such a wound that is not healing, like a burn, an injury." That cost covers, in most cases, six to ten treatments. Maggie Lisle says she noticed a big improvement after about the third therapy session. "It's improved about 95 percent, I am running again."
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Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatric physician and surgeon in the Medford, OR area, we’re excited you are here. With the podiatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
We offer the most up to date medical and surgical management of simple and complex foot and ankle conditions. We offer state of the art lasers for the relief of pain and for the treatment of onychomycosis (fungus in toenails) as well as skin lesions such as warts and spider veins of the foot and ankle. Our state of the art diagnostic capablities include digital x ray as well as musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, both on site.
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