Radiofrequency Lesioning Treatment
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that involves a stretching and inflammation of a ligament in the bottom of the foot known as the plantar fascia. Patients with this condition may experience discomfort in the heel, arch of the foot or back of the leg when walking, which is usually worse when getting up after being seated for an extended period of time. Bone spurs may also develop in the heel as a result of this condition.
This condition is often treated with conservative methods such as rest, stretching and anti-inflammatory medications to temporarily relieve pain and reduce the risk of plantar fasciitis becoming a chronic condition. Surgery may be required for patients with severe cases of this condition.
Radiofrequency lesioning is a new treatment option for patients with plantar fasciitis that delivers electric currents to the affected area to destroy the nerve fibers beneath the skin while promoting the growth of new blood vessels. This advanced procedure offers patients many advantages over other treatments for plantar fasciitis, and Dr. Zarate is proud to offer it to his patients.
Patients can benefit from a fast recovery and effective pain relief within seven to 10 days after this procedure. Results are faster and longer lasting than treatment with medication, and the procedure is much less invasive than surgery, making it an ideal treatment for many cases of plantar fasciitis.
While radiofrequency lesioning is still in its early stages, it is considered safe for most patients with plantar fasciitis. Dr. Zarate will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure after performing a thorough evaluation of your condition.
Ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses a physical mechanic similar to a submarine's sonar or dolphin echolocation. The device, called a transducer, sends out high frequency sound waves and then "listens" to the response to create an image based on the sound reflected back at the machine.
This visualization allows the doctor to determine the location of abnormal growths or other abnormalities within the soft tissue of the foot and ankle. This procedure is not often used to evaluate the bone. Additionally, all image recording happens in "real" time as soon as the machine is turned on and placed on the body. There is no wait for any sort of picture development needed for x-rays and other imaging procedures.
The ultrasound procedure can be used to diagnose and evaluate a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, including:
- Soft tissue masses
- Heel spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Morton's neuroma
- Ligament injuries
During the ultrasound procedure, a water-based gel is applied to the targeted area to allow for constant contact between the body and the transducer. The transducer is then pressed firmly against the skin and moved back and forth across the area to observe the area in great detail. The images appear on the screen during the procedure and can be viewed by patient and doctor right away. The whole procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes to perform.
There is no discomfort associated with this procedure, although if the foot has already been tender there may be some slight pressure against it. This procedure is considered safe for all patients with no ionizing radiation used and no major health risks. Any patient can undergo this exam, whether they are pregnant, have a pacemaker or any other medical condition that may make you ineligible for an MRI or CT scan.
To learn more about our Podiatry Services, please contact us at (847) 475-0200 today to schedule an appointment.