In some cases, the most effective regenerative medicine can actually come from within your own body.
At Delray Beach Podiatry, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatric physician and surgeon with over 30 years of experience, uses Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints.
“It’s great for soft tissue injuries of the lower extremities,” said Dr. Goldbaum. “It also works in between the joints and is great for Achilles injuries and tendonitis. It’s one of many rejuvenative treatments that we offer our patients, including amniotic stem cell therapy and cold laser treatments.”
These PRP injections are prepared by first extracting a small amount of a patient’s own blood with strict aseptic technique. After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge, which is a tool that separates the blood into its many components. Platelet rich plasma can then be collected and treated before it is delivered to an injured area of bone or soft tissue, such as a tendon or ligament.
“We take the patients blood and we spin it,” Dr. Goldbaum said of the PRP process. “We then use a specialized needle to take out the plasma part, which has all of the growth factors that we then inject back into the patient in order to get their injury to heal faster.”
Crossover toe is a condition in which the second toe drifts toward the big toe and eventually crosses over it entirely. This condition can occur at any age, although it is most often seen in adults.
Crossover toe is sometimes confused with hammertoe due to their similar appearance and the area they affect, however, these conditions have completely different causes and treatment methods.
In essence, crossover toe is a far more complex condition as hammertoes generally contract only in the sagittal plane (up and down) where as the crossover toe deformity is deviated in several different planes.
Crossover toe is typically the result of abnormal foot mechanics causing the ball of the foot beneath the second toe joint to take on an excessive amount of weight bearing pressure. This pressure eventually leads to a weakening of the ligaments and a failure of the joint to stabilize the toe, which sends your ailing extremity on its unwanted journey towards the big toe.
Certain conditions or characteristics can also make a person prone to experiencing excessive pressure on the ball of the foot. These most commonly include:
If you are dealing with a lingering pain in your ankle, it’s possible that those shin splints you initially thought you were suffering from could actually be a more serious stress fracture.
Shin splints and stress fractures can become chronic or severe if not treated properly and it is important to immediately discontinue whatever activity is being performed and seek medical guidance if you believe you are suffering from either.
The issue, however, is identifying which particular injury you are dealing with in order to correctly treat the problem as the nature of the pain for both shin splints and stress fractures can sometimes be virtually identical.
A common exercise-related injury, shin splints are the result of inflammation due to an injury of the soft tissues in the front of the outer leg (tibia). It has been known to occur most commonly in runners, but in reality any rigorous activity in which repetitive stress is placed on the shinbone can bring about this condition.
One of the main symptoms of shin splints is a shooting, aching pain in the front of your lower leg(s) when that is often felt while running, but later subsides when the intensity of your workout is lowered. If you have shin splints, it’s more than likely that you don’t feel this pain when you’re inactive.
It is also more likely for a person to incur shin splints when their leg muscles and tendons are tired or if the intensity of their workout is rapidly increased. Women, people with flat feet or rigid arches, athletes, military recruits, and dancers all have an increased likelihood of developing shin splints.
Stress fractures, on the other hand, are caused by actual cracks or breaks in either of the bones in the lower leg, the tibia or fibula. If you suffer from this injury, you’ll experience pain that’s usually in the lower third part of the shin, tenderness or swelling in the specific injured area, and pain when you press on your shin.
Unlike shin splints, however, the pain caused by a stress fracture doesn’t subside when you stop running and can often be felt during even the most minimal physical activity.
So how can you distinguish between the two injuries? Well, in order to receive a proper diagnosis, it’s always best to consult your doctor.
At Delray Beach Podiatry, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatric physician and surgeon with over 30 years of experience, likes to perform several tests in order to properly identify what is ailing his patients.
“First of all, we’ll take an x-ray,” said Dr. Goldbaum, who has offices in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. “Then, we’ll go through range of motion to check the ligaments and see if we can pinpoint the pain.”
If you are an active person, it’s more than likely that you’ll suffer any injury at some point, so it’s important to know what running injuries a podiatrist can fix for you.
In fact, nearly 80 percent of runners will sustain at least one injury each year, mostly due to the repeated stress that frequent exercises puts on your body’s tissue and joints.
At Delray Beach Podiatry, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum treats numerous patients every week that have sustained running-related injuries and know for a fact that although these injuries can be painful, they all can be treated fairly easily with a quick trip to the podiatrist.
“I see runnings coming through my doors constantly,” said Dr. Goldbaum, who has offices in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Fla. “Well, actually, most of the time they’re walking or limping because of an injury they sustained during a run. Luckily, most of these injuries are very treatable and can be identified during a single visit. At our office, we have the tools to get runners back on their feet in no time.”
If you are suffering from any sort of vascular or nerve-related deficiencies, it might be time to ask your doctor about the benefits of Neurvasia™.
Neurvasia™ is a dual action product medical food used for treating peripheral neuropathy and supporting good vascular health. It an effective natural treatment with no side effects that can be used in conjunction with various treatments or simply for generalized aches and pains in legs and feet.
This revolutionary medication can effectively replace other medications with serious side effects such as Plavix, Trental, Coumadin, Lyrica, Cymbalta and Neurotin. Unlike the aforementioned medications, patients don’t have to be as closely monitored while taking Neurvasia™.
“It can be used to treat any type of neuropathy, and it’s not just for diabetics,” said Dr. Ian S. Golbaum, who uses successfully uses Neurvasia™ to treat patients at his office in Delray Beach, Fla. “The product is great because it puts a coating on the nerve.
“More importantly, though, is the fact that this product vasodilates the smaller vessels that other products don’t. By vasodilating those vessels, the oxygen and the nutrients can get to the nerve so that it can heal. If you don’t have the oxygen and the nutrients getting there, it doesn’t matter what you take.”