As licensed podiatrists in Santa Monica, we believe our patients deserve to have the information needed to make good choices about their foot and ankle care.
Our goal is to educate each patient and begin a relevant treatment program with the highest quality of care available. Whatever your foot and ankle trouble, we’ll work together to find the answers that will comfort you and bring you relief.
We take pride in providing you with a comfortable office experience. Our qualified staff is friendly and will ensure a pleasant visit. Our office is conveniently located in the heart of Santa Monica. We invite you to call our office with any questions or to request an appointment.
Non-Invasive Treatment For
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Chronic Tendinopathy ( chronic tendon pathology)
- Enthesopathies (soft tissue calcifications, spur formation)
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers
This non-invasive, nonsurgical technique uses shockwaves to treat various muscular problems of the foot to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process to speed up healing. It is believed that this therapy actually helps increase blood flow to these damaged areas to promote faster tissue and muscle repair.
Shockwave therapy is often recommended to those people suffering from chronic cases of Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. This treatment is most commonly used on people who are dealing with persistent or severe heel pain that doesn’t respond to other treatment options.
However, shockwave therapy should not be used on patients who have neuropathy or loss of sensation in their feet, as well as those who suffer from seizures or a heart condition. We will discuss your full medical history during your evaluation to make sure that this procedure is right for you.
A probe is placed on the skin, where an electrical charge will begin creating shockwaves over the areas that are causing pain. There are two types of shockwave therapies: high-energy and low-energy. High-energy waves may require a patient to receive a local anesthetic prior to the procedure, while low-energy waves are often more popular because this can be done without anesthesia and patients can easily instruct us as to the exact areas of pain to provide more effective relief.
Many patients are able to bear weight on the foot right after their therapy. However, you should avoid any strenuous physical activity for a couple of weeks. We will provide you with detailed information about which activities are safe and which ones you should avoid during the healing process.
Sole Supports Custom Orthotics in Santa Monica, CA is a unique design in orthotic engineering. Unlike many other orthotics, Sole Supports support the foot and arch throughout the entire gait cycle. The average orthotic provides support for only 10-20% of the time. This fact can be observed through a test called the Fowler test as explained below:
- Hold the orthotic against the arch
- Roll the foot forward up onto the toes (toe-off position in walking)
- The orthotic should match up with your arch in this position as well as when the foot is on the ground
What To Expect?
Sole Supports Orthotics will remain in contact with your arch while many other brands of orthotics will show a space between the device and your foot. If the orthotic is not matching perfectly with your foot through the entire gait cycle, then there is less support provided to the foot and less shock absorption.
Sole Supports have inherent flexibility providing shock absorption during dynamic activity (jumping, running, etc.).
The orthotic shell is extremely durable and all of the correction is built into the device versus using external posting like many other orthotic brands. This external posting can wear down over time and then the orthotics need to be replaced much sooner.
Sole Supports come in normal width and depth that are for tennis shoes, hiking boots,etc. There is no need to buy a larger size shoe – they are designed to fit your feet and shoe size. They are also available in a lower profile, narrower style for men’s and women’s dress shoes.