Posts for tag: Swelling

By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM
August 26, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

Laser therapy works by utilizing wavelengths to penetrate deeply into tissue and break up scar adhesions.  By breaking up these scars within a tendon or ligament, we allow the white blood cells and acute inflammation cells to come back in and actively repair these problems.  During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damages area.  This created an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain.  As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.

The healing effects of laser therapy can be felt within the first treatment, but a series of treatments are recommended to ensure sustained and prolonged relief.  Most pain requires 6 to 12 initial treatments, with 2-3 sessions per week.  Your physician may recommend additional treatments based on your recovery.          

Laser therapy for pain can help the following diagnoses:

Laser therapy for pain is a great alternative to:

  • Surgical procedures
  • Steroid medications
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications

The benefits of utilizing laser therapy for pain are great – it is a pain free, in office treatment that can be repeated several times for maximum benefit.  Laser therapy is a wonderful alternative to other potentially harmful treatments and can preclude any need for surgery to repair musculoskeletal issues.

If you have any other questions about laser therapy or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 309-661-9975 to speak with a foot care specialist! 



By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM
August 22, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

Everyone has experienced some type of physical pain in their life, including pain in the foot or ankle.  For years the only treatment for foot pain was oral medications, icing, stretching, physical therapy, or even surgery.  Now days we have new technology that can prolong or prevent the need for many of the above mentioned treatments.  As ‘drug free pain relief’ becomes a more popular clinical goal across the country, there is a growing interest in a treatment modality truly has the power (watts) to quickly and dramatically reduce and /or potentially eliminate pain and inflammation. 

Photobiomodulation - aka laser therapy - is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects including decreased pain and inflammation.  Laser therapy is a fast, effective, and virtually pain free option to treat inflammation, chronic pain, and acute pain! 

Many people suffer from chronic pain due to ‘overuse’ injuries, most commonly plantar fasciitis (heel pain).  Tendon problems are also extremely common and can be difficult to treat with traditional methods due to the lack of blood flow to the tendons themselves.  Because of how a tendon’s anatomy functions, when they are torn or stretched too much they take longer to heal.  But, laser therapy can be used to effectively break up the inflammation and tissues naturally without utilizing medications or steroids.  Laser therapy for pain is a great treatment option before discussing the need for several weeks of physical therapy to further repair the injured tendon or ligament. 

Stay tuned for Laser Away Pain: Part 2 to learn what other problems laser therapy can treat! Give our office a call at 309-661-9975 to schedule your laser therapy treatment!

By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM
June 29, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Swelling   Shoes   Pregnancy  

Ashley, one of our medical assistants, is expecting her second child.  We were reminiscing our first pregnancies and I, like many others, experienced the wonderful feeling of morning sickness, nausa, and heart burn.  Luckily Ashley didn’t experience any of these symptoms! What’s even more pleasant is that so far she hasn’t experienced these symptoms with her second pregnancy either.  The one symptom Ashley is encountering is the most common podiatric problems experience by expecting mothers- edema.

Moms to be often experience more than ordinary swelling of feet and ankles.  This can actually aggravate existing foot conditions and promote inflammation or irritation. Pregnancy also triggers the release of hormones that enhance loose ligaments, which can contribute to foot strain.

Follow these tips to help overcome these problems:

  • Allow time each day to stay off your feet
  • Elevate your feet and legs when you are sitting to help prevent and reduce swelling
  • Don't sit for long periods of time
  • If problems do develop, please contact our office

Pregnant women need to observe good foot health to prevent pain and discomfort. Since the body undergoes changes and acquires a new weight-bearing stance, women should wear shoes with broad-based heels that provide support and absorb shock. Additional body weight also calls for more support.

We offer a  variety of shoegear from sandals to tennis shoes to accommodate these changes.  Our shoes can be ordered in wide widths and even special material that stretches as the foot swells during the day.  Aetrex Sandalista Sandals come with adjustable straps to allow for swelling.  

If you or someone you know suffers from the most common podiatric pregnancy problem, call 309-661-9975 to make an appointment. 

By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM
June 28, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

The team at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates loves to try out the latest and greatest in medical technology to help our patients feel better faster.  Pain Management Laser Therapy has become a very popular procedure to help alleviate pain associated with foot and ankle ailments.  Not only do our patients love and utilize it, but so does our team!

Recently our Front Office Coordinator, Amy, played guinea pig at the office and underwent our Pain Management Therapy.  Amy suffers from Plantar Fasciitis and really felt she could benefit from this laser therapy.  After completion of her initial 6 treatment sessions, a lot of the inflammation in her heel had broken up to the point she was no longer feeling her heel pain.  She now swears by this treatment and recommends it to others as well. 

In office we recommend 6 or 12 treatments depending on the severity of our pain.  Treatments will occur 2-3 times per week, right here at the office.  We also offer additional treatments at an adjusted price after purchasing the initial package. 

Some people may have heard of our lasers being used to treat fungal nails.  Don’t be confused, we actually treat both conditions with our in office lasers! Pain Management Laser Therapy focuses on breaking up the inflammation causing the pain, whereas our Fungal Nail Laser Therapy focuses on fighting the fungal properties within the nails. 

If you are looking for some relief from your pain, call 309.661.9975 and ask about Pain Management Laser Therapy today!

By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM
May 23, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

At Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, we offer different types of non-custom durable medical equipment, also known as DME, to provide the most comprehensive treatment for our patients.  We would like to introduce you to the 3 most common DME devices we dispense at HFAA.

1. Stretching Splint - This splint comes in sizes small-large and can be worn bilaterally (on either foot).  The most common reasons for needing a Stretching Splint are: heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and Achilles tendonitis.  This splint is worn on the backside of your foot and leg.  It stretches the plantar fascia and/or Achilles tendon to provide relief from pain. 

2. Non-Pneumatic Walking Boot - This boot comes in sizes small-large and can also be worn bilaterally.  This boot is used for soft tissue injuries, moderate to severe sprains, stable fractures, post-operative use, trauma, rehabilitation and heel pain.   This boot helps to reduce the impact the heel feels when walking through a shock absorbing sole within the boot.  The Non-Pneumatic Walking Boot is worn by slipping your foot inside and making sure your heel is all the way against the back and the toes aren’t hanging off the front.  The boot is then fastened on by using adjustable Velcro straps for a secure but comfortable fit. 

3. Pneumatic Walking Boot. - This boot comes in sizes small-large and can also be worn bilaterally.  The Pneumatic Walking Boot is used to help control swelling and pain.  This boot is utilized more for soft tissue injuries of the foot/ankle, stabilizing fractures, and during rehabilitation.  Very similar to the Non-Pneumatic Walking Boot, the Pneumatic Walking Boot has an additional stabilizing element -  a pressure pump.  By squeezing the pump, air is pumped into a membrane that provides compression around the foot and leg.  By turning the valve’s knob on the side of the pump, it will then deflate the boot and adjust the comfort level. 

So now when you come into our office and see different boots on patients’ feet, you can have a better understanding as to what they are and why they may have them!  And as always, call Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates at 309.661.9975 for all your foot and ankle pains!