Treatment without surgery comes in many forms. One such treatment is ultrasound therapy. Ultrasound therapy promotes healing through an increase in tissue relaxation, local blood flow and breakdown of scar tissue.
Ultrasound therapy also can be used to achieve phonophoresis, which is a non-invasive way of administering medications to tissues below the skin without uncomfortable needle injections.
Using sound waves, ultrasound therapy is used to treat musculoskeletal injuries such as muscle strains, inflammation, and swelling. Your podiatrists will select the right intensity and frequency according to your presenting problems following a thorough assessment of your condition.
Conditions usually treated with ultrasound therapy include the following:
Following a thorough assessment by your podiatrist, he or she will discuss the number of sessions needed to treat your condition. Your podiatrist will also select the appropriate intensity and frequency of the ultrasound therapy based on the location and anatomical structure of your problem as well as the stage of the problem which is either acute or chronic.
Once all the information has been established, the podiatrist will usually apply some gel or sometimes some form of anti-inflammatory gel before the probe is being placed on your skin targeting the include injury.
Generally, ultrasound therapy is painless and non-invasive. However, some patients may experience a rise in temperature or warmth to the area. This is mainly due to the improvement in local circulation as well as metabolism due to the widening of the blood vessels (vasodilation). Thus, please inform your podiatrist if you have the following conditions before proceeding to ultrasound therapy:
Any infectious disease or local skin infection.
Any cancerous lesions.
Growth plates (in children)
Any vascular diseases especially those who have ischaemic tissues
Our podiatrists at East Coast Podiatry Singapore will advise you on adjunct measures to prevent the problem from recurring. This includes designing custom insoles to stabilize or support your feet.
Ultrasound therapy generally does not prohibit you from continuing your daily activities following treatment. However, as you may have an active injury, it is always advisable to rest and offload the injured area. This is to encourage proper healing of the injured area and to prevent further complications. Resting also helps to reduce any active inflammation and swelling of the area.