Patients suffering from chronic heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis or chronic forefoot pain resulting from neuromas can now find relief with the most advanced and minimally invasive procedure called nerve ablation using radiofrequency (RF) therapy via Neurotherm. This a 30 minute procedure performed in our office under local anesthesia and is covered my most PPO insurances and Medicare plans. Cash discount prices are available.
Do you have chronic foot pain?
Pain can manifest itself in several areas within the foot, particularly at the heel and near the toes. These occurrences can be the result of injury, as well as changes in anatomy and/or patient lifestyle. Pain in the heel has been the most common complaint; however, many patients report pain near the toes, often dure to compression and irritation of the nerves.
How do I know if I have nerve related foot pain?
The foot is susceptible to multiple injuries and inflammatory conditions that can be treated via radiofrequency therapy (RFT). Patients who have been treated previously with physiotherapy, orthotics, or cortisone injections may continue to have pain. Patiens who feel a sesnation such as burning, tingling, or numbness may be affected by peripheral nerve entrapment either in the heel or at the toes. Entrapment results when inflamed and swollen ligaments, tendons, and muscle can constrict the narrow areas in which these nerves pass. However, some patients may not experience the above mentioned symptoms. Instead, they may have pain radiating along the foot upon waking in the morning or upon standing up after an extended period seated; this pain may be temporary or remain present throughout the day.
What is RF Therapy?
RFT uses radiofrequency energy to disrupt nerve function. When this is done to a peripehral nerve, such as that found in the foot, the nerve can no longer transmit pain from the site.
What happens during RF Therapy?
No general anesthetic is required during RFT. Our doctors will administer a local anesthetic to numb your skin. Afterwards, a thin needle will be administered to the area of pain utilizing an ultrasound. Proper placement is then verified via nerve stimulation. Radiofrequency energy will then be used denature the offending nerve.
What happens after RF Therapy?
Since only the local area is numb, you will able to walk out of the clinic on your own. You may feel sore for up to one week after the procedure. Your foot may feel numb or itchy for a couple of weks. Full pain relief normally comes in 4-6 weeks. Studies have shown a 92% successs rate with this procedure.