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Physical Therapies

At the Oxford Foot and Ankle Centre, therapy which supplements standard treatment plans may include a number of physical therapies.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Ultrasound is used by applying the head of an ultrasound probe that is placed in direct contact with the skin through the medium of coupling gel. A typical treatment will take from between 3-5 minutes and the head of the probe is kept in constant movement over the area of treatment and the patient will not feel any discomfort.

The most common condition which ultrasound is seen to have a beneficial affect include soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis, non-acute joint swelling and muscle spasm together with most muscle and ligament injuries.

Proposed treatment will be fully discussed with the patient as part of negotiating their treatment plan and the reason s why ultrasound may benefit their particular problem.

Low Level Laser Therapy - LLLT

LLLT can be used with patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions and at the Oxford Foot and Ankle Centre this is used extensively to treat common foot and ankle issues such as:
• Heel Pain
• Metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot)
• Neuroma
• Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
• Toe Joint Pain
• Fungal Nail Conditions
• Achilles Tendinopathy
• Ulceration and Blisters
• Arthritic Pain

Microwave Therapy

Microwave therapy is a new technology, developed in the United Kingdom and licensed for the general treatment of skin lesions. Swift uses microwave energy applied through a specially designed probe directed on to the skin to treat the affected area. Microwave therapy is applied by timed bursts and can be applied to one or multiple sites with a short pause between each application.

The number of treatments depends on how a patient responds and the number of lesions to be treated. No anaesthetic is required and no dressing is necessary, so it is a very convenient therapy to use.

At the Oxford Foot and Ankle Centre this treatment has been found to be a highly effective treatment of verruca pedis and other skin lesions such as warts.

Corticosteroid Injection Therapy

Steroid injections are widely used in medicine to help reduce pain and inflammation in a broad variety of conditions.
In podiatric medicine and at the Oxford Foot and Ankle Centre they are used most commonly for:

• Arthritis
• Plantar fasciitis
• Neuroma and other nerve compression and entrapments
• Sinus tarsi syndrome
• Capsulitis
• Ilio-Tibial Band Syndrome
• Patella bursitis

Most patients gain significant benefits from steroid injections. Relief from pain and discomfort can last for several months but this varies among different patients and their conditions.