Nerve Pain Treatment: Neurogenx

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Nerve Pain Treatment: Neurogenx  

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

What is the Neurogenx nerve pain treatment?

It is a breakthrough electromedical nerve pain treatment proven to effectively alleviate the pain, tingling, burning, and numbness resulting from neuropathy and chronic nerve conditions. This nerve pain treatment can successfully help resolve neuropathy symptoms and nerve pain of varying intensities in different areas of the body. Neurogenx patients have improved sensation, range of motion, balance, and restful sleep as well as eliminated pain and numbness.

The nerve pain treatment is performed with a technologically advanced  medical device called the Neurogenx 4000PRO: It is FDA-Cleared and patented as the only device of its kind. The Neurogenx treatment is unlike any other currently available. It is non-narcotic, non-surgical, and non-invasive. It uses a sophisticated electronic signal with a wide frequency band to successfully treat neuropathy symptoms at the cellular level. This helps restore function and feeling.

Results will vary but some patients feel a difference within the first couple of treatments. Studies have shown that this nerve pain treatment is up to 87% effective. In more than four out of five patients the Neurogenx treatment has helped with pain, numbness, burning, tingling and other symptoms associated with neuropathy.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle and Nuerogenx Nerve Center of St. Augustine we will do everything we can to help with the burning and tingling in the foot or toes you may be feeling and get you back to your regular activity. If you are experiencing burning and tingling in the foot please come see us as soon as possible. If you suspect you have diabetic neuropathy of the foot or are feeling pain in your foot or lower leg of any kind please give us a call to set an appointment at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s Disease

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Growing pains may sound like an old wives’ tale. In the case of Sever’s disease, though, your child’s growth spurt can lead to serious pain. It’s not actually a disease but a heel injury.

What Causes It?

During a growth spurt, your child’s heel bone grows faster than the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in her leg. In fact, the heel is one of your child’s first body parts to reach full adult size. When the muscles and tendons can’t grow fast enough to keep up, they are stretched too tight.

If your child is very active, especially if she plays a sport that involves a lot of running and jumping on hard surfaces (such as soccer, basketball, or gymnastics), it can put extra strain on her already overstretched tendons. This leads to swelling and pain at the point where the tendons attach to the growing part of her heel.

How Does It Affect Your Child?

Sever’s disease is more common in boys. They tend to have later growth spurts and typically get the condition between the ages of 10 and 15. In girls, it usually happens between 8 and 13.

Symptoms can include:

  • Pain, swelling, or redness in one or both heels
  • Tenderness and tightness in the back of the heel that feels worse when the area is squeezed
  • Heel pain that gets worse after running or jumping, and feels better after rest. The pain may be especially bad at the beginning of a sports season or when wearing hard, stiff shoes like soccer cleats.
  • Trouble walking
  • Walking or running with a limp or on tip toes

How Is It Treated?

The good news is that Sever’s disease doesn’t cause any long-term foot problems. Symptoms typically go away after a few months.

The best treatment is simply rest. Your child will need to stop or cut down on sports until the pain gets better. When she’s well enough to return to her sport, have her build up her playing time gradually.

Your doctor may also recommend:

  • Ice packs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, to relieve the pain
  • Supportive shoes and inserts that reduce stress on the heel bone. These can help if your child has another foot problem that aggravates Sever’s disease, such as flat feet or high arches.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises, perhaps with the help of a physical therapist
  • In severe cases, your child may need a cast so her heel is forced to rest.

Can It Be Prevented?

Once your child’s growth spurt ends, and she’s reached full size, her Sever’s disease won’t return. Until then, the condition can happen again if your child stays very active.

Some simple steps can help prevent it. Have your child:

  • Wear supportive, shock-absorbing shoes.
  • Stretch her calves, heels, and hamstrings.
  • Not overdo it. Warn against over-training, and suggest plenty of rest, especially if she begins to feel pain in her heel.
  • Try to avoid lots of running and pounding on hard surfaces.
  • If she’s overweight, help her lose those extra pounds, which can increase pressure on her heels.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help your child with their heel pain and get them back to their regular activity. If you suspect your child has Sever’s disease or heel pain of any kind please give us a call to set an appointment as soon as possible at (904) 824-0869 or feel  free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

Wound Care

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Dr. Thomas LeBeau is a board certified Wound Care specialist.
Dr. Thomas LeBeau is a board certified Wound Care specialist.

Wound Care 

Dr. Thomas LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Foot ulcers and other open foot wounds are a major cause of disability, morbidity and mortality.

Varicose veins, poor circulation and diabetes can lead to open foot wounds.

Approximately 15 percent of diabetic patients develop diabetic foot ulcers. Some even suffer foot amputations, many of which are preventable with proper foot wound care treatment.

Foot and ankle wounds can be caused by traumatic injury or could be arterial and venous wounds, pressure ulcers, diabetic wounds and wounds related to diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Older patients are also vulnerable to poor circulation, decreased sensation and impaired healing.

Wounds can be treated conservatively or aggressively depending on the severity. Like any ailment the best treatment is prevention. For example someone with diabetes should get on a diabetic foot care regiment. A regular diabetic foot care regiment will help prevent future problems that could not only include wounds but also amputations.  Diabetics should be on a diabetic foot care regiment no ifs, ands, or buts about it. However, if you have a foot ulcer/ foot wound that has already developed the sooner you are treated the better. Some foot wounds can be treated with wraps and antibiotics while others may require procedures and skin grafts. All of this often depends on the severity of the foot ulcer / foot wound and how soon it is treated.

Fortunately, wound care is a specialty of podiatry doctor Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM.

See Dr. LeBeau for foot and ankle wound care that includes:

• Foot ulcer treatment and other foot wound care treatment
• Leg ulcer treatment and other leg wound care treatment

Take a step toward saving your feet. Call Dr. LeBeau’s office today at 904-824-0869. Please feel free to use our online Request an Appointment at info@staugustinefoot.com

 

Morton’s Neuroma

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We can help Morton's Neuroma
We can help Morton’s Neuroma! 

Morton’s Neuroma

Dr. Thomas LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Morton’s Neuroma is a nerve issue in the ball of the foot typically caused when the toes are squeezed together too often or for too long. Narrow shoes, high heels, or shoes that fit too tightly can irritate the situation considerably.

The classic symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma are sharp pain or burning in the foot in addition to the sensation of a lump in the ball of your foot.  Podiatrists will typically diagnose Morton’s Neuroma with a physical exam and the possible ordering of an x-ray or MRI.

For as uncomfortable and painful as Morton’s Neuroma may be, fear not, treatment is usually non-invasive and effective. First, make an appointment with a podiatrist like St. Augustine Foot and Ankle. We treat Morton’s Neuroma often and get excellent results. Once we have examined you and determined that your ailment is indeed Morton’s Neuroma I may put you on an NSAID regiment and advise you to ice your foot often. Staying off your feet for awhile, massage, and wearing shoes that do not restrict your toes may be helpful also. Here in the office we can use massage, ultrasound, and stimulation to help relieve your pain and get you feeling better as quickly as possible. Those treatment approaches along with the above mentioned things to do at home should get stepping right over your Morton’s Neuroma in no time. In rare, more extreme cases a steroid injection or surgery might be recommended but that is after we exhaust our other options first. St. Augustine Foot and Ankle will take that conservative approach first to help you avoid foot surgery.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything in our power to get you feeling better as quickly as possible and for as long as possible. If you think you may be suffering from Morton’s Neuroma, give us a call to set an appointment at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM