New: Pain Laser Therapy

  • By Ruth Ann Cooper
  • 13 Jun, 2016

As one of the leading podiatrists in the Cincinnati area, Ruth Ann Cooper, D.P.M., is thrilled to announce the addition of MLS Laser Therapy to her healing and treatment options. The cutting-edge technology gives patients a speedy reduction in pain levels and promotes enhanced recovery and mobility. MLS Laser Therapy utilizes the most advanced technology on the market to ease pain quickly and successfully, thereby making patient visits short, sweet and incredibly effective---and what patient wouldn’t like that?

  There are a wide variety of conditions that can be treated with MLS Laser Therapy. The discomfort of plantar fasciitis, a common condition that causes heel pain, has been greatly reduced by the use of this revolutionary laser treatment. In addition to plantar fasciitis treatment, MLS Laser Therapy lessens the pain associated with tendinitis, wounds, joint discomfort, as well as post-surgical swelling, to name just a few. The laser works as an anti-inflammatory, painkilling tool that enhances tissue repair and cell growth, which makes wounds heal faster.

  Dr. Cooper, regarded as perhaps the best podiatrist in the Cincinnati area, is highly skilled in the application of MLS Laser Therapy, and her office prides itself on offering patients the best care and best experience.

  Dr. Cooper also offers Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, platelet rich injections for the treatment of tendon tears, laser for nail fungus—both toenail and fingernail—as well as ingrown toenail treatment and many other podiatric therapy options.

  Affordable, friendly, and client-focused, Ruth Ann Cooper, D.P.M.'s office is happy to welcome new patients and help them on their way to pain-free lives. Call (513) 943-0400 today for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Ruth Ann Cooper

By Ruth Ann Cooper 22 May, 2017

What lies hidden in the grass, dirt or sand can definitely wreak havoc on bare feet. From nails, shards of glass, slivers of wood, pieces of seashell at the beach, thorns from trees and plants or sometimes discarded toothpicks, each can puncture the skin of the foot and cause serious injury. Even after the object has been completely removed from the foot, any dirt or bacteria pushed into the wound from the puncture can lead to an infection, painful scarring or even a cyst. Any puncture wounds should be promptly treated in my office within 24 hours.

Besides hidden dangers, “everyday childhood injuries” can also interrupt a summer break. Protect your children’s feet from traumatic injuries, such as bicycle injuries and lawn mower accidents, by making sure they wear sturdy shoes while riding a bike or when cutting the grass.

Do not discount sunburn on the feet. Protect your children’s feet from the sun’s harmful rays by applying sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of their feet. Feet, like shoulders, burn faster than the rest of the body since they are most perpendicular to the sun’s rays. Not only is sunburn of the feet painful, it can also cause skin cancers that often go unnoticed until they become very serious.

By Ruth Ann Cooper 20 Apr, 2017

Competitive youth sports often require many athletes to transition from winter activities to spring activities without considering the increased risk of incurring a foot or ankle injury. Moving from indoor to outdoor playing surfaces with varying impact can stress a young athlete’s feet and ankles. Going from sport to sport without allowing time for muscles and bones to rest can cause overuse injuries.

If your child plans to participate in a sport this spring after playing through the winter sports season, follow these six tips:

  1.       Get a preseason health and wellness checkup. A medical evaluation before the season begins can help identify any health concerns that could possibly lead to injury.

2.       Take it slow. Ask the coach to gradually increase children’s playing time during practice to avoid pushing them full throttle. Your child’s feet and ankles need to become accustomed to the activity level required for a sport.

3.       Wear proper, broken-in shoes.   Different sports require different shoe gear. Wearing the appropriate, well-fitting, broken-in athletic shoes can eliminate heel and toe discomfort.

4.       Check your child’s technique. Watch for any changes in your child’s form or technique. Ask the coach to notify you if your child is placing more weight on wide side of his/her body or limping.

5.       Insist on open communication if your child has pain. Express to your child athlete that s/he should inform you and the coach of any pain or discomfort as soon as it occurs. Overuse injuries, such as Achilles tendonitis and shin splints, can be subtle and develop over time.

6.       If an injury occurs, remember RICE. An injured foot or ankle can often be healed with rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). If your child complains of foot or ankle pain, s/he should take a break from playing and allow time for recovery.

By Ruth Ann Cooper 06 Apr, 2017

This painful condition results from inflammation of the tissue band (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. Repetitive activities, such as a new exercise routine or walking on a daily basis, can put stress on the ligaments in the foot, leading to inflammation and pain.

The good news is heel pain can often be relieved using conservative methods, but it must be treated early.

 Heel pain can become chronic and debilitating if not properly treated.

I can help you find relief with therapies, such as:

  •  Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Stretching exercises
  • Orthotic devices
  •  Physical therapy
  • Footwear modifications
  •  Activity limitations
  • MLS Laser Therapy
  • Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

 Although most patients with plantar fasciitis respond to nonsurgical treatment, some require surgery. If you continue to have heel pain with non-surgical treatment, we can discuss your surgical options.

Heel pain should not stop you from enjoying the beauty of Spring. Make an appointment with my office if you are experiencing heel pain so my staff and I can help you resume a healthy and active lifestyle.

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