Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tenex Fast Technique for chronic Plantar Fasciiitis

Are you suffering from chronic plantar fasciitis (plantar fasciosis)? Have you not had any relief with conservative treatment options? Carolina Foot Specialists offers minimally invasive surgical treatment options for chronic heel pain. These options include Topaz, instep plantar fasciotomy, and a newer procedure that is promising, Percutaneous tenotomy (Tenex Fast Technique).
Please take a look at this procedure on the youtube video below. You can also go to our home page at carolinafootspecialists.net and click Heel pain center.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Tenex a New Minimally Invasive Treatment for Plantar fasciosis

Tenex Health TX™

Tenex Health TX MicroTip to treat chronic tendinosisPlantar fasciitis or achilles tendonitis, an inflammation, irritation and swelling of the tendon, comes from an injury or doing the things you love or need to do—over and over again. Repetitive motions, no matter how ordinary, can cause small micro tears that occur each time you use your tendon. When the micro tears do not heal properly, tendinosis (tendon degeneration) can occur.
Percutaneous tenotomy or percutaneous fasciotomy, using ultrasonic energy powered by the Tenex Health TX™ System, is a safe and quick procedure specially designed for those who are suffering from painful conditions associated with chronic tendon damage. The procedure treats tendinosis or fasciitis in the ankle and foot.
Tenex Health TX is based on advanced technology developed in collaboration with the world renowned Mayo Clinic. 

Tenex Health TX™ benefits:

If you have tried physical therapy, cortisone injections, medication, or just taking time to ice, stretch and rest and are still in pain, talk to us.  We now have a solution that does not involve general or open surgery, may give you quick pain reduction and should have you back to enjoying the things you love in a few weeks to a few months.
Patient benefits may include:
· Quick pain relief 
· Rapid return to normal activities 
· Local anesthetic used instead of general anesthesia 
· No sutures, no stitches (requires only a small, adhesive bandage) 
· 20-minute, minimally invasive procedure (not open surgery)
· Coverage by most insurances

chronic tendon disease

How does Tenex Health TX™ work?

Precisely targets your damaged tissue. Your doctor uses ultrasound imaging, just like the kind used to see babies in the womb, to visualize and identify the specific location of the damaged tendon tissue.
Gently removes damaged tissue. Once the source of your tendon pain is identified, your doctor numbs the area with a local anesthetic, allowing you to stay awake the entire time. Many people say after the numbing process—which feels like a bee sting—they felt only a slight pressure during the procedure (if they felt anything at all). Your doctor then uses gentle ultrasonic energy designed to safely breakdown and remove the damaged tissue. The ultrasonic energy is applied with the TX MicroTip, which requires only a microincision to reach the damaged tissue. Because the incision is so small and the ultrasonic energy precisely treats only the damaged tendon tissue, the surrounding healthy tissue is left unharmed.
Requires no stitches. When the procedure is completed, your doctor applies a small adhesive bandage; no stitches are required. Because you are awake during the procedure (no general anesthesia), many people are able to drive home after the procedure.
Can offer nearly instant pain relief with a rapid recovery. Recovery is rapid with many people being back to normal activity within 6 weeks or less. Because the surrounding healthy tissue is not disturbed, and no stitches or general anesthesia is required, there is minimal downtime and less discomfort compared to open surgery. The speed of your recovery depends on the location of your tendinitis and your individual results may vary.

What areas of the body does our practice treat with Tenex Health TX™?

Our practice treats the ankle and foot with Tenex Health TX

Friday, August 28, 2015

BioD restore for chronic plantar fasciosis

BioDRestore is a new approach to treat chronic heel pain. This treatment involves the use of placental tissue allograft. Placental tissues have been show clinically and scientifically to reduce inflammation, support soft tissue repair, and minimize scar tissue formation. Placental tissues are an abundant source of collagen, as well as growth factors, and cells that are essential to support the body's natural regenerative healing process.
Common injuries treated with placental tissues are tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, and soft tissue injuries.
Our practice is looking at utilizing this technology as an injection under ultrasound guidance for plantar fasciitis/plantar fasciosis. This injection can be performed in the office setting or in a outpatient surgery center.
Over the next few weeks and months we will have more information on this new technology on our website as well as office brochures.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tenex procedure for Chronic plantar fasciitis

The Tenex procedure is a new minimally invasive procedure for chronic ligament and tendon pathology. Our doctors at Carolina Foot Specialists are looking into this new technology as a surgical treatment option for chronic plantar fasciitis. Below is a link that shows the surgical technique involved. We will be blogging over the next month about this procedure and other treatment options for chronic heel pain.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The three most common foot injuries in athletes

Here are the top 3 foot injuries in athletes, so you’ll know what to look for.

  1. Turf Toe

Does the joint of your big toe hurt when you push off to sprint or jump? This is commonly known as turf toe, a condition that results in painful running and activities. The good news? Ice and rest can remedy the condition. There’s also ways to tape your turf toe to reduce pain and protect yourself from further injury.
  1. Bunions

Bunions aren’t just associated with high heels anymore. Tight athletic shoes can put pressure on the joint of the big toe, leading to painful bunions. Proper arch support can help you avoid this problem by making sure you aren’t pushing off using ligaments that can lead to flatfeet. If you push off using the ball of your foot instead of your big toe, it can lead to bunions.
If you suspect you have a bunion, seek treatment because once it is fully formed, only surgery can correct the problem.
  1. Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain is nothing to joke around about. Athletes with plantar fasciitis will usually experience pain when they first wake up and take a few steps. Advanced plantar fasciitis can cause pain even when the athlete is not weight bearing on that foot.
Depending on the degree of degeneration of the plantar fascia, surgery may be required. Dr. Saffer and Dr. Brown are keep up with the latest minimally invasive state of the art treatment for chronic heel pain. The Doctor's utilize Topaz and the instep plantar fasciotomy as minimally invasive surgical techniques and are looking at treatment options with Biologics such as PRP, BioD restore (placental tissue allograft), and the Tenex procedure.
If you suspect you have a foot injury, get treatment immediately. Waiting can cause foot injuries in athletes to worsen due to the amount of activity and stress put on the injury. To schedule a consultation contact our offices for a consultation:
Charleston with Dr. Brown (843-225-5575)
Mount Pleasant with Dr. Saffer (843-654-8250)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What Holiday Weight?

Frustrated at those extra holiday pounds? Get on your feet!

"When women over age 40 increased their activity by an average of 3,520 steps (just over 1¾ miles) throughout the day, had a 5 pound weight loss in a year without changing their eating habits, reports a study in the journal Obesity. They also decreased dangerous belly fat by 12%."~ Prevention

Studies show that 30 minutes of brisk walking burns 150 calories (for the average person) and equals about 4,000 steps! Lace up those walking shoes and get moving! Those holiday pounds will be gone before you know it.

*To add steps to your day, try walking around the mall or grocery store before you begin shopping. At work, use a restroom on a different floor. When running errands, park in the furthest spot in the parking lot~ little changes can make a difference. You can also use a fitness tracker such as a fit bit or pedometer for better calculation and a little motivation too! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cross Training- Friend or Foe?

Whether you're recovering from the Charleston Marathon/Half, preparing for the Cooper River Bridge Run or just simply a routine runner you should ALWAYS make sure you are Cross Training (yes, even if you aren't preparing for an event).

"Cross Training builds strength and flexibility in muscles that running doesn't utilize. It prevents injury by correcting muscular imbalances. Runners have their obvious strengths: power, endurance, tenacity. But within those strengths lies the potential for weakness: quads that overpower our hamstrings, neglected upper bodies, and poor flexibility—qualities that could lead to problems and/or injuries." ~ Runners World

Cross-Training could be swimming, biking, yoga, pilates, weight lifting, walking or other forms of aerobic training. Cross-training days should be considered easy days that allow you to recover from the running you do the rest of the week.

If you are suffering from shin splints, heel pain, achey ankles or feet it may be due to a lack of cross training. By seeing us we can evaluate your problem and have you back on your feet in no time!

Charleston Office~Dr. Adam Brown
615 Wesley Dr. Ste 340 Charleston, SC 29407 (843)-225-5575

Mt. Pleasant Office~Dr. Andrew Saffer
501 Bramson Ct. Ste 301 Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 (843)-654-8250

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Countdown is On- Cooper River Bridge Run 2015

Countdown Update... 70 days to go until the Cooper River Bridge Run!

Our beginner 10k training schedule suggests a solid 8 weeks of training. We are at a little shy of 10 weeks out from the March 28th event. What should you be doing before training begins? 

- If you are a true beginner and do not run routinely or on occasion at all we suggest you start walking once a day. Just take a stroll around the neighborhood, whatever you have time for. This will prepare your ligaments, muscles and lungs for your upcoming training. 

- Gather your gear. If you need new shoes, now is the time to get some (and make sure you get properly fitted!). The weather has been a bit chilly so make sure you have some good warm weather gear (we know thick socks are cozy, but make sure you are wearing moisture wicking material even when it is cold- you will thank us later!). If you will be doing most your runs at night grab a headlamp- safety always comes first, and it gets dark pretty early this time of year. 

- Find a training buddy. Ask on facebook, join a runners' club, visit the Bridge Run Page. The best way to train safely and to stay motivated is to have a partner (or 5!). Map your runs, know your routes and never run without an ID on you. 

Stay tuned for more tips on training, injury prevention and more with the Carolina Foot Specialists blog. Please visit here for our Cooper River Bridge Run Schedules and Training Page

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Has Started On the Right Foot

2015 has gotten off to a great start for Carolina Foot Specialists! Since the first of the year we have launched a new & improved website, added three digital scanners for our custom orthotics AND have added an online appointment booking system through our website and Facebook page.

We are very excited about the things to come in 2015 and are looking forward to another year of giving BEST treatment options to our patients throughout Charleston and beyond.

Visit our new website and tell us what you think~

Check out the new options on Facebook such as Appointments & Locations ~

Our goal is to make seeing us a simple part of your day, from scheduling straight through your visit, we want all our patients to know we put them first. Whatever your aches, pains, injuries or concerns visit Carolina Foot Specialists for all your foot & ankle problems.

Charleston Office~Dr. Adam Brown, 
615 Wesley Dr. Ste 340 Charleston, SC 29407 (843)-225-5575

Mt. Pleasant Office~Dr. Andrew Saffer
501 Bramson Ct. Ste 301 Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 (843)-654-8250