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Last month I discussed foot and ankle health live on the Radio. I never miss an opportunity to spread the word on the importance of foot health. After all, our feet are our foundations. Foot health is a vital aspect of our overall health and wellness.
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Foot and ankle pain and other problems can be extremely debilitating. Undergoing foot and ankle surgery usually requires a lot of downtime and a long recovery. Many people think that most foot problems require surgery, however, there are several non-surgical treatments before choosing to go under the knife.
Before deciding on foot or ankle surgery, our doctors will try several non-surgical treatments to relieve the pain or inflammation in your foot or ankle. At LuxePodiatry™, my private practice in Palm Beach County, we provide many non-surgical treatment options for our patients. Here are three non-surgical treatments that are easily performed in our office with little to no downtime.
Hyaluronic Acid Injections
Hyaluronan is a natural substance found in your joints and joint fluid. In the foot and ankle, hyaluronan acts like a lubricant and a cushion in the joint. When you lose this lubricant and cushion, you will get decreased motion, pain and swelling in your joints.
The goal of this type of injection is to supplement poor-quality hyaluronan in your painful joint with additional highly purified hyaluronan. We use an injectable solution made from highly purified sodium hyaluronate (also known as hyaluronic acid) that is extracted from chicken combs. These are harvested from chickens that have been certified as suitable for human consumption via pre- and post-mortem veterinary inspection.
The treatment will be injected directly into your joint right in the office by one of our trained physicians.
The whole procedure takes only a few minutes:
The injections are usually done in a series. Your doctor will inform you as to how many injections you will need.
We are currently using Supartz FX™
Traumeel is a homeopathic prescription drug that is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory and degenerative conditions. Traumeel is a botanical extract and agent found in nature that not only reduces swelling, but balances it to promote its benefits. Traumeel is primarily composed of arnica montana root, a plant extract that is commonly found in tablets and creams to relieve pain and inflammation.
Since the solution is mostly plant based, there are little to no side effects or allergic reactions. Traumeel is an anti-inflammatory treatment that can be used as often as necessary. Compared to corticosteroids, though safe when regulated by a physician, may have adverse effects if used too often.
Traumeel injections treat several inflammation based conditions. Soft tissue injuries respond very well to Traumeel treatment, including muscles ligaments, and tendons. It is very helpful to those who experience chronic inflammation, such as athletes who may have an area or body part that they overuse during performance.
Some of the common conditions Traumeel is used for:
Human Amniotic Cell Membrane
Get back to the activities and sports that you love!
Amniotic cell therapy is an all natural injection therapy designed for soft tissue injuries in the foot and ankle. Amniotic therapy is used for patients who have found no relief through conservative treatments such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, insoles and bracing or are looking for non-surgical and non-steroidal options.
Amniotic fluid is highly concentrated in stem cells, proteins, cytokines and other important compounds, which are one some of the most fundamental cells in our bodies. Studies have shown this fluid to be naturally regenerative and can reduce inflammation and scars. Amniotic fluid is the fluid surrounding a fetus in pregnancy. During most pregnancies, this fluid is thrown away after birth. Consenting mothers of cesarian section babies can donate this fluid because of it’s amazing regenerative process. It is important to note, these cells come from the amniotic sac and are not part of the embryo.
You will be back on your feet immediately with little to no downtime.
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I have been utilizing a foam roller for pre-and post workout recovery for several years. It was just a little over a year ago when Alyson Limehouse, the founder of Rollology™ Fitness, invited me to one of her classes. I expected some stretching and using the roller for SMR or self-myofascial release massage but this class was way more than that!
Alyson began the class with direction on proper posture and alignment. While seated, the foam roller is placed behind you to help align your spine correctly. Alyson gives tips on how to appropriately breathe through each posture and takes the time to correct your alignment. One of my favorite sets of moves are the bride arms. These small movements target that underarm flab and are much more difficult than they look. We then transitioned to laying on top of the roller and focused on core strength and mobility moves. These flowed into sets of leg toning and lengthening exercises. The class also includes a set of foot and ankle exercises emphasizing the importance of strong, mobile and well aligned foot and ankle muscles, fascia and joints.
Rollology™ targets each and every part of your body helping to strengthen core muscles, improve alignment, posture and balance. It also helps strengthen arms and legs, can aid in decreasing cellulite and promotes flexibility. Another plus, is that the Rollology™ Fitness program can be modified for the elderly, those with injuries or people recovering from surgery. I recommend attending these classes as part of your workout or physical therapy routine on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Once learning how to perform the movements correctly, you can definitely do them at home or whenever it is convenient. The beauty of this type of Pilates is that it can be done anywhere at any time.
Another health benefit is the treatment of "Tech Neck". Many of of us hold our heads forward and flexed down looking at our smart phones and laptops. Looking at our devices we lean forward and look down bringing the weight of our head into a position that causes it to be heavier putting more stress and strain on our bodies. Those prolonged periods of hunching over our screens are slowly causing our necks to stay in that more forward position. The strained tissues lose their pliability causing a lot of pain and dysfunction. Some may even experience neck pain, headaches/migraines and numbness/tension in your fingers. Tech neck is leading to an extremely unattractive posture called kyphosis or rounding of the upper back aka Dowager's Hump at a very early age! Rollology™ exercises teaches the body to go back into a neutral spine while engaging the core to help support the spine, neck and head. This helps to strengthen the neck muscles along with the shoulders to help prevent the head from coming forward. Your body will also be stretched to make the neck, head and shoulders more flexible.
Rollology fitness classes help make it possible to do every day activities and sports with ease and reduced pain. It is the perfect workout because it helps strengthen, stabilize, align, mobilize and stretch every part of your body in little over an hour. Anyone can participate no matter what age, gender or fitness level. All you need is a mat and a custom designed Rollology™ Roller. The Rollology™ Roller is a medium density roller that is custom designed for Rollology™ workouts, physical therapy, before or after exercise, yoga and massage therapy. "In 2018, you can do many forms of exercises that build and strengthen muscles but may also be setting you up for neck or back pain with surgery as the end result", says Alyson Limehouse. "Rollology™ not only strengthens and lengthens muscles it also works out the body in proper alignment and neutral spine. By focusing on alignment while exercising with Rollology, you can successfully workout to reduce the chances of surgeries in the future while creating a symmetrical and firm body."
Immediately following your first Rollology™ class, you can see and feel the difference in your posture and alignment. I soon decided to become a Rollologist™ (certified licensed rollology™ instructor). It is important for me to be able to provide my patients and clients a well-rounded treatment plan. Your feet and ankles are definitely your foundation for movement, but you do need a strong core, proper pelvic and spinal alignment and balance to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. I currently provide private sessions with my patients and plan on teaching classes beginning spring/summer 2018. For more information follow me on social media Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Alyson Limehouse, Founder of Rollology™
Rollology™ was developed by Second Generation Master Pilates Instructor, Alyson Limehouse, who studied under Pilates Elder Lolita San Miguel. (Lolita is only one of two people that Joseph Pilates personally certified before he passed away in 1967.) Alyson has owned and operated Sunset Pilates Studio on Palm Beach Island for 16 years.
Alyson is very passionate about the art of sculpting the body through a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training, which improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. Alyson created Rollology™ so that anybody can have a safe and effective work out that is affordable.
For more information on classes, workshops and certification courses go to www.RollologyFitness.com
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has received a lot of attention over the past decade or so. This funny tasting liquid is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple and has a pale to medium amber color. Vinegar has been used for centuries for a multitude of household and cooking purposes.
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Dr. Suzanne Fuchs currently practices concierge foot and ankle medicine and surgery in Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida at LuxePodiatry™
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