Rest: The Necessary Evil (But Not as Necessary as It Used to Be)
Almost any foot and ankle injury is going to require some “rest” in order to heal properly. Nobody likes hearing it, but it is the truth.
It’s the same reason why even the best conditioned athletes in the world still need to have “rest days” in their workout schedule, and cross-train in exercises and activities that work other areas of the body while allowing high-stress areas to get a day off now and then.
Even normal exercises cause wear and tear on soft tissues and joints, and literally cause muscle fibers to tear and break down on a microscopic level. That’s not a bad thing—these microtraumas are a necessary first step toward your body rebuilding itself stronger. But that’s why you need rest! Re-stressing those areas too soon, before they have a chance to repair themselves, is what leads to chronic pain and injuries that just won’t heal.
That said, the technology of foot and ankle sports injury treatment has come a long way. With the right tools, injuries that used to require several weeks (or even months) of downtime for healing can now see those recovery times reduced by 40 percent or more!
And the great news is that these advanced treatment options aren’t exclusively available to celebrities and pro athletes. In fact, we are using many of them right here, in Waco, on folks from all walks of life!
A Brief Look at Some of Our Advanced Therapies
So what kinds of tech are we talking about? Here are some of the main ones we offer at Waco Foot & Ankle:
- MLS Laser Therapy. This incredible (and incredibly safe!) procedure stimulates that body’s natural repair mechanisms through exposure to light energy at therapeutic wavelengths. In just a few sessions, pain and swelling is reduced, and the body is energized to repair itself faster. For traumatic injuries like sprains, incorporating MLS laser therapy can significantly shorten the expected recovery time. And if you’ve had chronic pain and inflammation for a long time, it may be the “kick” your body needs to finally overcome it.
- Amniotic Tissue Injection Therapy. Amniotic and placental tissue is packed with growth factors and other vital nutrients that your body needs to conduct cellular repairs. Normally, this material is discarded after a healthy birth, but it can also be voluntarily donated to create this amazing regenerative injectable. One injection can provide lasting, accelerated relief. And unlike cortisone shots, which only mask the symptoms, amniotic tissue therapy actually helps heal the underlying injury.
- Custom orthotics. For athletes, workers, and other active people who spend a lot of time on their feet (and suffer a lot of foot pain because of it), custom orthotics are often absolutely essential. These devices are tailored to provide your feet and ankles with the exact degree of cushioning and support they’ve been missing. That means less pain and strain, elimination of “hot spots” that are receiving excessive pressure. Athletic performance can even increase due to improved biomechanics and greater ability to train without pain.
Not every type of foot and ankle injury will require advanced treatments like these, of course. But if you’re suffering from chronic pain that you just can’t shake, or you’re motivated to make a complete recovery as soon as possible, one or more of these treatments may be worth strong consideration.