Feet are underappreciated, often neglected, yet we ask so much of them. They help us walk and run, balance and stand. Feet are the anchors of the human body, so when something goes wrong with your feet, you owe it to them to find an expert in the field. Jeffrey Doyle, D.P.M., FACFAS, of North Star Foot & Ankle Associates, P.A., in Richardson, is dual board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.
A Leg up on Foot Pain
North Star Foot & Ankle Associates offers comprehensive medical and surgical treatment of conditions affecting the foot and ankle. “We take care of general foot concerns such as arch and heel pain, ingrown toenails, bunions, nail fungus and athlete’s foot, as well as diabetic foot care, fractures and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery,” said Dr. Doyle. The practice also offers noninvasive vascular testing to assess blood flow to the feet and carries a line of insoles and foot care products.
Technology for Heel Pain and Diabetic Neuropathy
Dr. Doyle is pleased to be able to offer his patients innovative therapy in the treatment of plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis (heel pain). It’s one thing to have occasional acute heel pain that can be addressed with rest, ice, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines or even steroid shots. But for patients with chronic heel pain that won’t ever go away, Dr. Doyle and North Star Foot & Ankle can help.
EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. EPAT is an FDA-approved technology proven to increase the rate of healing for soft tissue injuries and for the relief of painful conditions of the foot and ankle, specifically plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
“It’s a highly advanced noninvasive and effective treatment method,” said Dr. Doyle. “The therapy takes the injury from a chronic condition to an acute condition by creating an acute inflammatory response so that the injury can heal itself. The procedure enhances blood circulation and accelerates the healing process, causing damaged tissue to gradually regenerate and heal.”
Diabetic patients face a unique set of challenges where the foot is concerned. Diabetes can be dangerous to the feet–even a small cut can produce serious consequences. Diabetes can also cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in the feet. Diabetes may also reduce blood flow to the feet, making it harder to heal from an injury or resist infection.
In addition to the wound issue, many diabetics experience burning pain, numbness and tingling in their lower extremities that can range from a nuisance to excruciatingly painful and debilitating. Dr. Doyle has seen positive results with EST (electrical stimulation therapy) for patients with diabetic neuropathy of the feet. “This treatment has great results in decreasing patients’ pain and is most often covered by insurance so it’s a great tool for our diabetic patients,” said Dr. Doyle. Treatment consists of sessions lasting 45 minutes to an hour, twice a week, for eight or nine weeks. Ask Dr. Doyle for more details.
The North Star Foot & Ankle Difference
“I really pride myself on the staff we have built here at North Star Foot & Ankle,” said Dr. Doyle. “Every team member is committed to exceeding patients’ expectations. We don’t just want to get people better. In addition to getting them better, we want to exceed their expectation in care, service and follow-up throughout the entire process.”
“It is a great compliment and we hear it a lot that patients were referred to us by a family member or friend,” he added. “I’ve been told that I am just a likeable doctor and I always appreciate hearing that. I like making a difference in people’s lives for the better and helping them feel better.”
Meet Dr. Doyle
Dr. Doyle opened the doors to North Star Foot & Ankle in 2007 after graduating from medical school at Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center and completing a residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is dual board certified and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.
In addition to working in his private practice, Dr. Doyle spent the last five years serving in a volunteer position of staff podiatrist of the Collin County Adult Clinic. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys hiking and travels to Santa Fe each year to hike and ski. He lives in Garland and grew up in nearby Murphy, Texas.
Dr. Jeffrey Doyle
3600 North Star Road, Suite 140
Richardson, Texas 75082
Text: Tammy Adams
Photo: David Quisenberry