Luckily, we are highly skilled in treating a variety of conditions and issues. Whether you have slight discomfort or severe pain, we can provide you with care that allows you to live the lifestyle you want!
These are just some of the conditions, treatments, and services you will find at our podiatric office. Just ask us if you have any questions!
Custom foot orthotics are designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look similar to insoles, but are biomedical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot while you walk. We understand that everyone is different, which is why custom foot orthotics are made just for you.
Surgical Corrections of Foot Disorders
In most cases, invasive methods are not necessary to correct many foot disorders. Though in more extreme conditions, surgery may be required. The need for surgery will depend on the severity of the condition, the amount of pain the patient is experiencing, and the patient’s past response to various treatments.
We know how much your foot health can impact your athletic performance, and it is our priority to help get you off of the sidelines and back in the game. Whether you are dealing with a recurring injury or an accident from the big game, we are here to support you through each step of your therapy. Below is a list of some of the most common sports and sports-related injuries we see in our office:
- Martial Arts and Kickboxing: Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, and ankle sprains. Proper stretching is vital to injury prevention, specifically, a minimum of 15 minutes before beginning exercise.
- Aerobics: With 26 bones in the foot and impact forces reaching up to six times the force of gravity, proper shoes are essential when participating in aerobics. Shoes must provide shock absorption and proper cushioning, as well as stability.
- Team Sports: Baseball, basketball, soccer, football, field hockey, and lacrosse often lead to foot and ankle injuries. Artificial surfaces, improper footwear, and inadequate stretching are recipes for disaster.
Ulcers on the foot may not always come with pain, but they are serious conditions that should be evaluated by a medical professional. The symptoms of ulcers may include drainage, or red, inflamed tissue. To properly diagnose and develop a treatment plan x-rays may be ordered.
At John E. Baker, DPM, FACFAS, we value your time and are proud to offer our patients in-house, state-of-the-art digital radiographs. We understand that proper treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis, and our digital x-ray service enables us to diagnose and confirm any bone or soft tissue injuries and conditions that can be hard to determine through a physical exam. Unlike traditional x-rays that use film, digital x-rays are safer exposing patients to less radiation and faster allowing doctors to view results within minutes. With this state-of-the-art technology, we can save you time and begin customizing treatment and therapies for your needs.
The CuraMedix EPAT device is the leading FDA-approved innovation for the treatment of acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain or pain that greatly debilitates mobility or quality of life. In podiatry, EPAT is primarily used for the treatment of foot pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Treatable areas include:
- Foot, ankle, and heel pain
- Lower extremity pain
- Myofascial trigger points
The CuraMedix EPAT device uses electromagnetically generated pressure waves that are delivered via hand-held applicator to the target site. These waves encourage metabolism, improve blood circulation, and speed up the healing process. In turn, damaged tissue regenerates and heals. As a non-invasive, office-based procedure, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) represents a great advancement in treatment options for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) is a technologically advanced treatment alternative for patients suffering from chronic foot and ankle pain. It is non-invasive and requires no anesthesia, delivering favorable results with no risk of infection, no scarring, and no downtime.request an appointment
HyProCure is a minimally invasive procedure that involves inserting a small, titanium stent to help align the bones of the heel and ankle. Misalignment of these bones is what causes hyperpronation (flat feet) and gait abnormalities that lead to foot pain and fatigue. John E. Baker, DPM is a certified surgeon for this procedure.
By aligning the bones of the heel and ankle, the HyProCure procedure helps correct overpronation. This improves your child’s gait so that their feet propel naturally from heel to arch to toe. And when proper function is returned, it alleviates pain and other symptoms of flat feet.
While custom orthotics help alleviate symptoms, they cannot cure flat feet. Because HyProCure treats the underlying cause of hyperpronation, it offers a permanent solution to your child’s issue.
The procedure has proven amazingly effective since receiving FDA approval in 2004, with 94 percent of patients experiencing permanent correction. This includes children, who rarely need to have the stent replaced or removed in adulthood. For HyProCure success stories please visit Patient Succes Stories.
Signs Your Child May Have a Foot issue
Children exhibit common symptoms when there is a misalignment between the heel and ankle bones. These include:
- Having flat feet (after age 5)
- Avoiding normal physical activities, like playing sports or running on the playground
- Experiencing leg pain at night and/or bedtime
- Running more slowly or seeming less coordinated than their peers
- Shoelaces becoming untied frequently (occurs due to the inward rolling of the foot that happens with hyperpronation)
- Wanting to be held or carried more often than normal, especially after physical activity
If you notice one or more of these symptoms, call John E. Baker, DPM.