Maybe the discomfort came on gradually. You aren’t sure when it began, only that you’ve realized your foot has been in pain for some time. Or perhaps you remember the injury that started everything, but have avoided seeking help to relieve the ache. After all, these issues sometimes resolve without too much fuss, and you’d rather not deal with the hassle you’re worried will come with seeing a doctor about your discomfort. You might even be concerned about what therapies or treatment you might need to fully recover.
Successful, Non-Surgical Answers
For the vast majority of foot and ankle conditions, the answer to resolving your pain is usually a noninvasive, conservative therapy. These treatments work to restore your foot’s proper function and relieve the stress on the structures that are uncomfortable. Even when problems do become chronic issues, medical technologies have made it possible to successfully use a number of nonsurgical remedies to heal your lower limbs. Some of these are:
Athlete’s foot treatment—Athlete’s foot is caused by microscopic fungi growing out of control on the surface of the feet. As the fungus multiplies, it breaks down the skin and causes itching, burning, and even blisters. Anti-fungal topical medications and oral prescription medicines are often very effective against this microorganism. Several different kinds of this infection exist, and certain therapies are more affective for the individual types than others.
Cryotherapy—This treatment uses liquid nitrogen to super freeze and destroy unwanted tissues on the surface of the skin. It’s frequently used to treat warts, but can also be employed to eliminate precancerous lesions. It does come with some risks, but it’s generally an effective remedy for uncomfortable skin conditions on the lower limbs.
Extracorporeal shock wave—This therapy employs high frequency sound waves to stimulate natural tissue growth and repair in your lower limbs. The waves bouncing off your tissues trick the body into believing the structures are under serious distress, so it sends extra blood and nutrients to heal the damage quickly, speeding up recovery and relieving pain for a number of stubborn disorders.
Iontophoresis—Generally used for inhibiting sweat glands in the skin, this treatment employs a gentle electrical current that passes through water. After several sessions, it can significantly reduce the activity of overactive sweat glands.
Physical therapy—When you struggle with strength or freedom of movement, exercises and stretches tailored to your condition can help. These movements target the specific functions or the range of motion for your different foot and ankle structures, helping you build up your stability, strength, and mobility.
Neurolysis—Though generally considered a last resort, this treatment inhibits the function of certain nerve endings to relieve chronic nerve pain. It can be performed several different ways, but the results are similar. It damages or destroys the overactive or dysfunctional nerve tissue so that it no longer sends pain messages to the brain.
Since these treatments are generally nonsurgical therapies, they can be safe and efficient alternative remedies for various foot or ankle conditions, even when your problems have become more chronic. What will work best for your pain depends on your problem and your individual needs. Dr. Gerald Mauriello can help you determine what will be best for your lower limbs with thorough examinations and accurate diagnoses.
If you are concerned about trouble with your feet or ankles, don’t avoid seeking help because you are concerned an invasive procedure might be your only option. Ignoring a problem typically allows it time to worsen, which can result in a simple problem becoming a chronic one that does indeed need surgery to recover. Instead, take care of your feet and ankles now, before they limit your life.