Premier Foot & Ankle
Front: Katherine Freeland, Jaryl Korpinen, Matt Ramirez
Back: Michael Miller, Brandon Lampe, Zubeen Mistry, Binoy Sheth, Michelle Lee
Seventy-five percent of people in the United States will experience a foot or ankle problem at some point in their lives. It can be hard to determine whether a foot problem warrants a visit to a podiatrist or if it should be left to heal on its own. If walking becomes painful or you have hammertoes, bunions, nail fungus, calluses, corns, ingrown toenails, the dry skin and infections associated with diabetes, or you suffer from chronic conditions such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, Achilles tendonitis, these are not things that will simply go away. It’s time to visit the professionals at Premier Foot & Ankle.
Noninvasive and Minimally Invasive Care
The doctors of Premier Foot & Ankle have successfully helped thousands of patients—from pro athletes to weekend warriors and grade schoolers to grandparents—get back to the life they love. They always begin with the least invasive treatment options and exhaust all conservative therapy before considering surgery. Even when surgery is the best option, they advocate the most minimally invasive procedures to shorten recovery time, lower the risk of complications, and offer more precise and successful results.
Premier Foot & Ankle offers several unique, nonoperative, and noninvasive choices such as the EPAT treatment for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. “EPAT, which stands for extracorporeal pulse activation treatment, is something we’ve used on hundreds of patients with great success,” Dr. Korpinen said. “The procedure can be done in-office without the need for injections or anesthesia and the patient is able to walk out of the office afterward with few restrictions. Our success rate with EPAT is over 85 percent and, in most cases, it allows us to avoid surgery. These conditions can be debilitating for our active patients and we want them to resume their favorite activities as quickly as possible.”
“Podiatherm nerve ablation is another treatment that uses radio frequency waves to stop foot pain,” Dr. Freeland said. “It’s used for nerve problems of the feet including neuromas or a pinched nerve in the ball of the foot and can also be used for plantar fasciitis where there is nerve entrapment. It’s a nonsurgical procedure and can be performed in the office with patients resuming their normal activities within the next few days. This has been a great procedure in our practice and has greatly decreased the need for surgery.”
MLS Laser Treatment
MLS laser therapy is another new treatment that’s being performed in-office. “The multiwave locked system (MLS) laser is a class IV, FDA-cleared, patented, photon healing laser that precisely synchronizes simultaneous dual wavelengths and emissions resulting in optimal clinical effectiveness. It stimulates healing by increasing cell turnover, decreasing inflammation and scar tissue in a pain-free manner,” Dr. Ramirez said.
“The MLS laser can be used for multiple pathologies, including but not limited to plantar fasciitis, tendinitis of the foot and ankle, arthritis maintenance, postoperative therapy to accelerate healing, and even for recovery from athletic events and marathons,” he said. “We recently had a marathon runner who suffered from plantar fasciitis for months and was healed in three weeks with the laser.” The laser treatments are two to three times a week and your doctor can discuss the schedule and modality that will work best for you.
Unfortunately, not all foot and ankle conditions respond to conservative treatment. Although the doctors at Premier Foot & Ankle never consider surgery until noninvasive treatment options have been exhausted, conditions such as trauma or broken bones to the foot and ankle, bunions, flat feet, and sport-related injuries may be best treated through surgery. All Premier Foot & Ankle surgeons are well versed and trained in cutting-edge techniques and new research involving surgical procedures of the foot and ankle. They’ve performed thousands of successful foot and ankle surgeries and have seen many patients set free from foot and ankle pain.
Vascular Disease (Peripheral Arterial and Venous)
Premier Foot & Ankle’s doctors pride themselves on practicing proactive medicine and helping patients seek appropriate treatment options to avoid complications in the future. Vascular disease can affect patients of all ages. It can present with symptoms of burning, tingling, numb, itchy, tired, achy, swollen, or restless type sensations in legs and feet. The best time to have problems treated is when symptoms begin to develop. Left undiagnosed, vascular disease can lead to lifestyle limiting complications including limb amputation or life-threatening infections. Premier Foot & Ankle providers offer a multi-specialty approach to help our patients achieve healthy legs.
“We offer in-office, noninvasive testing using the PADnet system which allows us to detect vascular disease on a routine visit,” Dr Lampe said. “This has led to dramatic improvements in our diabetic patients and others with vascular disease. A five-minute test can help prevent an amputation or other complications associated with vascular disease.”
“We focus on patient education and communication,” Dr. Korpinen said. “Foot and ankle pain is not a normal part of life. We want each patient to fully understand his or her condition and the treatment options available to them. We understand how frustrating it is to our patients to not to be able to do the things they want to do and love, and we want to utilize the latest technology and exhaust every alternative before we consider surgery for any one of them.”
In addition to the treatments mentioned above, the doctors of Premier Foot & Ankle also offer diabetic foot care, treatment for ingrown toenails, laser therapy for fungal toenails, vascular testing, diabetic nerve testing, plantar warts, and skin lesions. They are now accepting new patients at all Premier Foot & Ankle locations in Plano, Frisco, Allen, Mesquite, Dallas, and Celina. The doctors are waiting to help get you back to the activities you love.
6309 Preston Road, Suite 1200
Plano, Texas 75024
9359 Legacy Drive Suite 300
Frisco, Texas 75033