Dear MendMeShop,

I had Plantar Fasciitis for 6 months and had been to a podiatrist and orthopedic surgeon. All the calf stretching, night socks, and even the expensive orthopedic inserts in my shoes had not helped at all. The customer service team at the Mend Me Shop have given me far more specifics as to how I should stretch and what is going on with my foot than either doctor did. They also did not push all their products, but just the one that they felt would help my situation the most. I just finished the first three weeks of treatment and I feel about 90% healed. There is no pain when I first get up in the morning, nor when I wear my shoes with orthodics. I could not recommend Mend Me Shop or their products more highly.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Marion Wade

 

Surgical Osteoarthritis Treatments for the Knee

Most people with osteoarthritis of the knee won't require surgery. However, if you fail to see improvement with the conservative treatments, or your arthritis is causing you constant pain and/or interfering with your daily living your physician may recommend a surgical option. Knee surgery is generally used to relieve continual pain and inflammation, to slow down or prevent the destruction of your knee joint, or to restore the use and function of the deteriorated areas. Sometimes seriously damaged joints need to be replaced with artificial ones.

There are always risks with surgery.

There are always some risks associated with any surgery, which include but are not limited to possible anesthesia reactions, thrombophlebitis (blood clots) infection, allergic reaction to medications, nonunion of the bones, loosening of the new parts, and damage to surrounding nerves or blood vessels. However, modern techniques have significantly minimized the occurrence of these problems. Although surgery is often successful at repairing damage and/or relieving pain, it does not necessarily return strength to your knee. Tenderness, pain, stiffness, scar tissue development and weakness are very common after surgery. That is why a strong commitment to rehabilitation utilizing the conservative treatments mentioned earlier is essential!

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Most of these surgeries will require rehabilitation utilizing the conservative treatments noted earlier. Ultrasound (except in instances where metal parts have been implanted in your knee) and other therapies can sometimes begin soon after surgery with permission from your doctor. Your surgeon should provide a treatment plan to help you regain normal use as soon as possible. Healing and recovery time really depend on the degree of damage done to your knee, the type of surgery, your age, pre-injury level of function and your rehabilitation.

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Arthroscopic Surgery:

This surgery involves making tiny incisions around your knee joint and inserting a pencil-thin, fiber optic camera with a small lens and lighting system in one hole, and small surgical instruments in the other holes. The surgeon will take a look inside your joint to investigate all your soft tissues and bones. These images will then be transmitted to a TV monitor, which allow the doctor to make a diagnosis and/or perform the surgery under video control. At the end of surgery, your incisions are closed, and a dressing is applied. There are a number of different arthroscopic surgeries that can be performed to help relieve pain and inflammation in the early stages of osteoarthritis:

  • Lavage - washout loose fragments of bone or tissue.
  • Debridement - smooth out joint surface, trim or remove torn/damaged cartilage.
  • Chondroplasty - flatten joint cartilage and clear away damaged bits.
  • Abrasion Arthroplasty reshape joint by rubbing damaged bits down into the bone until bleeding occurs with the hope that the cells turn into fibro-cartilage and create a new joint surface.
  • Microfracture puncture holes made in bone beneath the cartilage to create bleeding and clot formation with the hope that the clots build scar cartilage or fibro-cartilage and act as a patch surface.
  • Meniscal repair fix a torn meniscus.

If you have an arthroscopic surgery you will generally be under some type of anesthesia, most are completed in day surgery and do not require an overnight stay. Generally you will be able to your start rehabilitation soon after surgery and return to normal activities within 6 to 12 weeks after surgery. These surgeries do not cure osteoarthritis of the knee, however they will permit you to maintain and participate in an active lifestyle.

Tibial Osteotomy

A Tibial Osteotomy surgery involves:
Tibial Osteotomy surgery
  • Cutting the upper part of the shinbone (tibia) on the outside (lateral side) and removing a wedge of bone, which changes the angle of the joint, and realigns the knee.
  • Cutting the upper part of the shin bone (tibia) on the inside (medial side) and insert a bone graft to hold the wedge open. This also changes the angle of the joint and realigns the knee.

In both surgeries a pin is used to bring the edges together, and the leg is placed in a padded splint. A tibial osteotomy is considered a major surgery that requires a walker or crutches, stitch removal after 2 weeks, a brace for approximately 6 weeks and extensive rehabilitation.

The goal of this surgery is to shift the pressure on the cartilage from the damaged side to the healthy side of the knee, with the hope that the new positioning will help your cartilage regenerate and grow. This surgery is performed to reduce pain and delay degeneration of your knee joint. It is often recommended for people under 60 years of age who want to maintain an active lifestyle, or those who have osteoarthritis on only one side of their knee. It is recommended for those who suffer from bowleggedness or knock-kneedness. It is not always a successful surgery, however it generally allows you to buy time before a total knee replacement (lasts about 5 - 7 years).

Partical knee replacement

Knee Replacement Surgery:

There are 2 types of knee replacement surgeries:

  • Partial Knee Replacement surgery involves the removal and replacement of the damaged knee parts (some of the joint surfaces may still be healthy). The surgeon removes your damaged parts before putting in the implant, leaving the healthy portion untouched.
  • Knee Replacement Surgery (Knee Arthroplasty or TKA) involves replacing the entire knee with an artificial implant. The bottom surface of the femur and top surface of the tibia are resurfaced with polished metal and attached directly to the bone. A plastic spacer on top of the new tibia part provides a slick surface that acts like cartilage. The patella is often made of plastic and/or a combination of metal/plastic; it sits in the groove over the new metal femur. All of these new parts stop the bones from rubbing together and causing pain.
Complete knee replacement

A partial or full knee replacement is considered a major surgery that requires anywhere from a few days to a few weeks in the hospital, followed by minimal weight-bearing for 5-6 weeks, and an intensive rehabilitation period. It helps to relieve discomfort and improve your movement, permitting you to live a more active life. It is used on patients who have exhausted other treatment types and suffer from advanced stages of osteoarthritis. It is most recommended for people 60 years or older, who will participate in low impact activities like swimming, biking, golfing and/or walking. It is not generally recommended for younger patients or those who participate in active and impact loading sports like skiing, basketball, squash, jogging or impact aerobics. These activities tend to put too much stress on the artificial joint causing it to loosen and/or crack; in turn requiring revision surgery to fix the damage. Once you have a knee replacement, ultrasound therapy is not a treatment option because of the metal implants.

Knee Fusion:

Knee fusion

Knee Fusion (Arthrodesis) is a salvage procedure that is often used after a failed total knee replacement and/or if a knee replacement can't be done. It involves cutting off the bony ends of the femur and tibia, and stripping out the ligaments, menisci and synovial joint lining so that the 2 bones can be fused together with pins, plates or screws in a straight position (with a slight bend). The hope is that the ends of the bones will eventually grow together. It is another major surgery that requires extensive rehabilitation. Once you have a knee fusion, ultrasound therapy is not a treatment option because of the metal implants.

This surgery provides a stable and pain-free, though stiffer and shorter leg; most people will be able to bear weight better, however they will walk with a slight limp. The success of this surgery is really dependent on your bone stock, your age and your health prior to surgery. Generally surgeons prefer to perform this surgery on younger and/or more active individuals; although it is not used as frequently as in the past.

BFST™ - Using Your Body's Natural Healing System

Inferno Wrap providing superior blood flow stimulation.

Your body can heal itself! In fact, your body starts healing itself the moment you are injured and it's the blood in your body that makes it all happen. Your blood is the transport mechanism for everything that is good inside you. It carries oxygen, nutrients, water and antibodies. Proper blood flow is essential to healing. Unfortunately, when you injure your body you stop moving and the swelling sets in. That means your vital blood flow can be reduced to a trickle! If you want to heal quickly, you need to keep your blood moving and that's where Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™, or BFST™, comes in.

Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ promotes the flow of blood through the injured area without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue. You can really feel it work. Within moments of applying an Inferno Wrap™ you can feel the healing sensation and the increase in blood flow. During a treatment, and for quite some time after you finish, your injured area will experience increased blood flow even though your body is at rest. It's a soothing sensation and extremely effective. With BFST™ your injury is constantly being fed with healing, nutritious, oxygen and energy filled blood. This is exactly what your body needs to heal.


How An Inferno Wrap™ Works

Inferno Wrap and how it works.

Inferno Wraps™ have been specifically designed for the treatment of deep, soft tissue injury. Inferno Wraps contain a patented Energy Web™ which is flexible and shaped to conform to your body. This Energy Web™ emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe electro-magnetic energy over its entire surface. This energy travels deep inside your body and stimulates the blood flow needed to heal your injury.

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Our Cold Compression Wraps are recommended by countless medical professionals. That's why we sell them, because they are the best. We have noticed over time that our customers are so fond of our cold wraps that they are frequently coming back and ordering a second one. The wraps are becoming very popular with baseball and soccer trainers, and the wraps can be conveniently stored in a cooler for quick application on the field when needed.

xyliss ultrasound

Ultrasound therapy is also a helpful tool for pain prevention of knee injuires, and having a portable ultrasound device at home can be a powerful and convenient treatment tool. If you have symptoms or are recovering from a knee related injury, using ultrasound on a regular basis before your activity or throughout the day will help relax your muscles, tendons and tissues, diminish pain and inflammation, soften scar tissue and contribute greatly to the healing of your injury.

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If you suffer from mild inflammation or pain after certain activities or movements use ultrasound therapy when you complete the activity and then rest and elevate your area of injury. Limit the application of ultrasound to a couple of treatments per day (the manual will recommend treatment frequency depending upon the injury). In between ultrasound treatments, maximize your pain relief and injury recovery by using an Inferno™ Personal Therapy System. Proven Performance, Proven Relief - only found at MendMeShop.com. If you have been given a treatment plan by your health professional, make sure you adhere to it to ensure pain free living. In general, people who are committed to their therapies and exercises will have the best medical outcomes.

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Dear MendMeShop,

I am a 57 year old flat footed female, who has suffered off and on for at least 25 years with a painful plantar/heel. Slept in the splint the first night, and like a miracle, no pain in the morning! The splint looks unwieldy, but is actually quite comfortable. Love the Freezie and the Inferno wraps too. Impressed with the quality materials, and the well thought out construction. I've been using cushions in my shoes, but they only help a little bit. I am walking pain free these days and it's almost like a miracle! Thanks again for such a wonderful line of products.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Leslie Waldrop

 

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Relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis with a cold compress

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