Posts for tag: Tendonitis
With summer fast approaching, many people are breaking out their flips flops. While flips flops are immensely popular, they are one of the worst shoe type that you can wear. Some doctors feel that they can wear one every once awhile, but all doctors agree that they should not be a shoe staple for you or your wardrobe.
Flip flops offer little to no support to your foot. This can lead to heel pain, bone spurs, tendonitis and fallen arches. All of these conditions can lead to months of rehabilitation. A more common condition associated with flip flops are blisters. While blisters are painful, unless you have other underlying conditions, like diabetes or Raynaud’s that will only keep you on the bench for a day or two.
Many doctors see injuries like puncture wounds, broken toes, ripped off toenails, sprained ankles or torn tendons. Flips flops offer no protection to the top of the foot which leaves it open to many outside elements. Every summer, Emergency Room doctors see numerous flip flop related injuries. Podiatrists recommend either sandals with a covering and stable arch, or another popular shoe type, the Croc.
Most of the surgery that our doctors perform here at Advanced Foot and Ankle care is considered elective, but that does not mean that we do not take it seriously. When we start discussing surgery as an option with our patients we like to go over our protocol for surgical patients and why we have these protocols in place. While our protocols can seem particular to some, there are many reasons for each.
One mandatory thing we require for each of our surgical patients is called PRP, or platelet rich plasma. This is process where a patient’s own blood is enriched with above average levels of platelets to promote healing. Since many of our surgeries requiring manipulating bone, we see anything that can help aid in the healing process as a must. PRP has been around for several decades and is still being studied for its possible applications. New research is showing it may help with arthritis. Since this procedure uses the patient’s own blood, it has little to no side effects. PRP is also a great base for physical therapy, which many of our surgical patients go on to do.
While we use PRP strictly for surgical patients, there are studies coming out that show in office PRP may be able to help with tendonitis. We are always interested in possible applications and processes that are non-invasive but allow for our patients to live better lives.