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During a routine physical, your primary care physician will check your feet and ankles, but beyond that you may not pay them much thought. That is, until you wind up with an injury, tendonitis or some other issue that requires the attention of a podiatrist. But as Michal Waldman, D.P.M., of North Tampa Foot Care explains, many of the foot and ankle problems that you may think require surgery can actually be resolved through minimally invasive, in-office procedures.
“People don’t think they have nonsurgical options, but there are lots of ways we can resolve what’s bothering you, from thick toenails to heel pain to arthritis and tendonitis,” Dr. Waldman says.
Many of her patients have had foot or ankle pain for years or even decades, believing they simply had to cope with what ailed them. Or, they’ve had previous surgeries for orthopedic injuries that have caused residual issues. You don’t have to live in pain, Dr. Waldman explains.
Whether you’re a scholarship athlete or a weekend jogger, if you’ve been diagnosed with a condition like tendonitis or fasciitis or another injury, it’s important to follow up with a podiatrist every one to five years. One way Dr. Waldman treats conditions both new and old is through regenerative medicine, a nonsurgical procedure that uses your own cells to help the soft tissue and bones heal more quickly and begin performing at their highest capabilities.
“With regenerative medicine, you get the whole healing effect,” she says. “If you have an injury, it can help get you back out there and perform to high potential.”
“Too many people assume that because they’re getting older or they’ve had an injury that they can’t continue what they wanted to do, whether it’s running, playing sports or just moving around,” Dr. Waldman adds. “About 90% of the time, that’s just not true. When we take care of your foot and ankle pain, we’re giving you back a lifetime of enjoyment.”