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Posts for: March, 2018

By Dr. Sarah Matouk
March 20, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

Almost every move in basketball relies on our feet.  Basketball is a high-impact and physically demanding sport, and our feet are the foundation of any basketball players' game; whether it's running up and down the court, landing a free throw or a jump shot, our feet and ankles take a beating. Many injuries are from overuse to specific parts of our feet and ankles, or sudden trauma or fracture from the high demands of the game.  Here at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we can provide you with the knowledge, treatment and management of existing foot problems, exacerbated problems, or new ones that may arise. 

Many of the pains and injuries sustained in basketball can be helped and prevented by proper conditioning.  Stretching before and after playing, and weight lifting to strengthen the lower body muscles can help to reduce the likelihood of chronic and repetitive injuries. Every good exercise routine needs the proper support of our feet, which means finding the right shoes.

Shoes can go a long way in preventing sore or injured feet in basketball.  The appropriate pair can help prevent ankle, foot, knee, leg and even hip and back pain.  Shoes provide proper stability, flexibility and shock absorption, but remember, not every shoe was created equally.  Athletes need the right shoe to handle the high demands of the specific game.  Basketball footwear has a high cut designs to assist with ankle stability while jumping and side to side actions. Everyone has a unique foot shape, and sometimes shoes alone are not enough to support the athlete.  A custom pair of orthotics will help to distribute body weight evenly, and correct any abnormalities in your feet, such as flat feet. 

At DM Foot and Ankle, we understand that not every basketball players feet are the same, but the love for the game is.  We cater our treatment protocol to you as an athlete.  Treatments may include shoe counseling, prescription orthotics, exercises and taping of the foot and ankle, training regiments to strengthen foot and ankle muscles and tendons, and even surgery in acute injury or severe cases.  Seek a consultation off or during the season, and let us help you play your best!

 


 

Here at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we are continually striving to improve patient care by stating up to date with medical advancements. 

We are proud to introduce our newest services, the EPAT treatment and Amniofix injections.

What is EPAT?

The EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activiation Technology. EPAT is an innovative, non-invasive way to treat pain. 

EPAT is used to treat:

  • Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Tendinitis in the foot or ankle
  • Any ligament/tendon pain that is not responding to conventional treatments

The success rate of EPAT is equal to or greater than traditional methods, including surgery. However, EPAT leaves out the risks, complications and lengthy recovery time of surgery. Some patients report immediate pain relief after the first treatment. Maximal effects can take about 4 weeks or longer. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have a significant reuction in pain.

What is AmnioFix?

AmnioFix is an injection that is safely derived from human amniotic membrane and comes in a mivronized powder form. AmnioFix treats micro-tears in soft tissue helping reduce inflammation and scare tissue formation while enhancing the healing process. 

AmnioFix Sports Med Injections are used to treat:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Soft tissue injuries

Amniofix is a great option if you have been unresponsive to conservative treatments as it reduces your need for surgical intervention.

While both treatments shoe excellent results when used alone, we recommend using the two treatments cohesively when applicable for optimal results. By doing so, the Amniofix injection stimulate stem cells while the EPAT promotes your body to heal on its own. 

Contact us at (630) 863-7517 to schedule an appointment with your DMFA physcian today to discuss these treatment options and the benefits they provide.