Advanced Treatment Technology
At Capital District Podiatry, we are committed to remaining on the cutting edge of the field. By investing in advanced technologies and research, we are able to provide better care for our patients, and greater convenience for you during your visit! Read on to learn about some of the state-of-the-art services and tech we use in our office every day.
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
Digital record keeping and updating for your medical records isn’t just a way to save time at the office—although that is one important benefit. It also improves safety and reliability of your information, and allows us to make better diagnoses and treatment prescriptions.
By having all your information available digitally and able to be updated at the point of care, it ensures we’re always working from accurate, up-to-date information with no “paperwork lag.” The risk of clerical errors is also dramatically reduced, especially when your medical information needs to be shared with another specialist.
Because we have our own digital X-ray scanner in the office, we can take detailed images of your foot structure during your initial consult—no need to make a separate trip to the hospital or clinic.
Digital X-rays offer several important benefits over older, film-based X-ray systems as well. Most importantly, the images can be displayed almost instantly on our monitors after the picture is taken, so we can use them right away (rather than taking time to get them developed). They are also safer, since they require lower doses of X-rays to produce a high-quality image, and are less likely to require retakes. Other advantages include portability, storability, and the ability for post-processing enhancement and magnification.
Laser therapy is a safe, painless, non-invasive, and effective way to treat many common skin conditions. Our Cutera GenesisPlus laser is best known for its use in eradicating toenail fungus; the light beam emitted by the laser can kill the infection through the nail, without damaging surrounding skin. However, laser therapy provided is also effective for the treatment of warts and neuromas, reducing scars and wrinkles, and pain relief.
Clearanail Fungal Toenail Treatment
Originally developed in the UK, Clearanail is an exciting new development in treatment for unsightly fungal nails. The device uses a microscopic drill capable of creating tiny pores (about as thick as 4 human hairs) into the nail. The advanced computer-controlled failsafe stops the drill before it damages the skin underneath the nail.
The resulting matrix of pores created by the drill (the appointment takes about 30 minutes) is barely noticeable to the naked eye, but it allows antifungal sprays to get through the nail and reach the now-unprotected fungus below. This makes antifungal treatments substantially more effective, and much safer than oral antifungals, too.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
PRP is a regenerative medicine therapy that concentrates the healing potential of your own blood, in order to fight inflammation and help you recover from nagging injuries faster.
We remove a small sample of your blood and spin it in a centrifuge to separate all the individual components. Then, we remove the red blood cells and recombine the fluid (plasma) with the platelets to dramatically increase the platelet concentration of the solution. Platelets are packed with proteins called growth factors which are crucial for injury healing. The solution is injected into the injured area, where it facilitates pain relief and recovery.
Radiesse Dermal Fillers
Your feet contain two very prominent “pads” of fatty tissue—one under the heel, and the other under the ball of the foot. These pads are designed to cushion and soak up the weight and pressure that your feet must bear when standing or walking. However, they tend to get thinner as we age, and less able to provide the cushioning we need.
Radiesse dermal fillers are commonly used by cosmetic surgeons to add volume, remove wrinkles, and stimulate collagen production for faces and hands. However, they also provide an effective solution to natural atrophy of the fat pads of the feet. Dermal fillers put that cushion back in your step to eliminate chronic pain, and the effects can last for more than year.
Bioengineered Skin Grafts for Diabetic Wounds
Skin grafts made from donated amniotic tissue can significantly improve outcomes for patients with diabetic ulcers. The grafts are developed from voluntarily donated amniotic membranes and placental tissue, and they are packed with growth factors, cytokines, matrix proteins, and other nutrients that enable damaged tissue to self-heal much faster than they could otherwise.
This is critical, as wounds that don’t heal fast enough are at extremely elevated risk of infection, and may ultimately require an amputation to remove. Bioengineered skin grafts can help you avoid this fate and get back on your feet much faster.
Advanced Care, Exceptional Outcomes in the Capital District
Our passion for staying ahead of the game directly translates to better outcomes for our patients—faster healing, fewer headaches, and the minimum possible disruption to their daily lives. To learn more or to set up an appointment with us in Troy or Clifton Park, NY, please call of our team today at (518) 273-0053.
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