If you intend to use your medical assistant certificate to work in a podiatrist’s or orthopedic surgeon’s office, then you should take note of a new treatment emerging for plantar fasciitis.
A common condition, plantar fasciitis can cause chronic pain in the foot, and Tasnim News has reported that it affects over 10 percent of the world population, accounting for over a million visits to doctors each year.1
Typically caused by overuse of a muscle in the heel, plantar fasciitis treatment options have long been limited to physical therapy or painkilling medication.
Run Haven has reported that the new treatment method was developed through a study led by Dr. Rahul Razdan.2 Effectively, the treatment pairs existing ultrasound imaging techniques with the use of a device known as a TX1. TX1 is a small, minimally invasive needle which is inserted into the heel of the affected patient.
The needle has a suction on the end, and doctors can use ultrasound imaging to locate and remove dead tissue of the fascia via the TX1. According to Haymarket Media, this process typically takes as little time as 90 seconds and doesn’t require sedation, though a local anesthetic is often used.3
Tasnim News has reported that Razdan conducted a six month study on 100 patients who all suffered from plantar fasciitis and had no luck with common treatment methods. Six months after ultrasonic treatment with the TX1, more than 90 percent of these individuals reported experiencing an improvement in their symptoms, pain, mobility and overall quality of life.
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As Dr. Razdan’s study has only recently finished, it remains to be seen whether or not treatment using ultrasonic imaging and the TX1 will become a mainstream option in the world of plantar fasciitis. The treatment method appears to be both safe and cost-effective.
While the price of TX1 treatment was not disclosed, patients currently undergoing physical therapy or painkiller treatments for plantar fasciitis often have to schedule ongoing appointments, while the TX1 treatment requires only one doctor visit. Also, recovery time from the procedure is estimated by multiple sources to be only four weeks in a walking cast, making it convenient for people who have to remain on the go.
1) Tasnim News, ‘Interventional Radiology Treatment Relieves Chronic Plantar Fasciitis,’ 3/2/2015, http://www.tasnimnews.com/english/Home/Single/671151
2) Scaduto, Laura, Run Haven, ‘New Treatment Could Help Cure Your Plantar Fasciitis,’ 3/1/2015, http://runhaven.com/2015/03/01/new-treatment-help-cure-plantar-fasciitis/
3) Haymarket Media, ‘Ultrasound TX Relieves Pain in Chronic Plantar Fasciitis,’ 3/2/2015, http://www.empr.com/ultrasound-tx-relieves-pain-in-chronic-plantar-fasciitis/article/401083/