The podiatric practice has been around for quite some time giving their patients timely and effective relief to a variety of foot pain and injuries. This in turn resulted to podiatric medicine receiving its fair share of the spotlight drawing the interest and attention of many. It should be noted that many podiatrists are keen in looking for new innovations they can integrate and apply with their practice. Let us look at what changes have emerged in treatments over the last decade. Has technology impacted here?
As mentioned earlier, podiatry has been growing in popularity and have become a more integral part of the medical community than three decades ago. One of its success can be seen with the podiatric profession itself with improved medical and surgical training of the podiatry students and podiatric residents who have eventually become members of our medical community over the past three decades. The more recently graduated podiatrists, with their increased medical knowledge and surgical skills, set an excellent example for the podiatric profession within our medical community.
This in turn help paved the way in introducing new technologies and innovation in the field of podiatric medicine. For instance, Core Podiatry which introduced innovative foot pain technology to treat acute or chronic muscle and tendon pain in the foot.
The Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) is the most advanced non-invasive treatment approved by the FDA; it uses pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process, allowing damaged tissue to regenerate and heal. Patients generally see results with 3-5 treatments, which take 5-10 minutes each.
Another good example of this can be seen with the new technology aiming on putting an end to amputations for diabetics. St. John Providence is on the cutting edge of new technology to prevent their patients from possibly losing a limb that could lead to an early death.
In similar news, new research on the use of CoolPulse technology for foot injection pain was presented during the Foundation for Podiatric Medicine held from January 27 to January 29, 2017 in New York City. According to the research team from Temple University, Buzzy, a reusable pain blocking device that combines cold and vibration, reduces foot and ankle injection pain by 50% compared with cold spray alone.
Laser technology has also been integrated in podiatric practice in the form of the Erchonia FX 635. Dr. James E. Lewandowski, podiatrist and owner of the Mid-Nebraska Foot Clinic, has introduced this non-thermal laser treatment for conditions such as fibromyalgia and the chronic heel pain known as plantar fasciitis. The FX 635 can reduce inflammation and eliminate pain in the plantar fascia in a matter of weeks, according to its manufacturers. The low-level laser technology promotes cellular regeneration through painless bio-stimulation.
It is good to hear that other countries as well have been embracing the latest technology in field of podiatry. Cuba has shown advances in health technology and Cuban electro-medicine as well as the recovery of medical technology is one of the topics to be discussed at the 3rd International Convention on Health Technology, which will start today at the Havana Convention Center.
In conclusion, modern technology has indeed impacted greatly changing how podiatric treatments work. Furthermore, all of these changes are made in an effort to better serve the welfare of many patients.