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Wichita Podiatrist Dr. Benjamin Weaver Offers Services and Products to Promote Foot Health

At Central Kansas Podiatry Associates, Wichita podiatrist Dr. Benjamin Weaver wants you and your family to have happy, healthy feet. That’s why our office provides a wide range of services and products to meet your foot care needs.

Diagnostic Services Available at Our Wichita Podiatry Office

To effectively assess and treat various foot conditions, we utilize the latest diagnostic tools and techniques.

  • Venous testing for CVI. Venous testing can be performed to diagnose and evaluate the severity of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
  • Diagnostic ultrasound. In podiatry, ultrasound is commonly used to assess soft tissue injuries, such as ligament tears, tendonitis, and neuromas. By providing real-time images, ultrasound lets Dr. Weaver accurately diagnose conditions and develop targeted treatment plans.
  • Gait analysis. Gait analysis involves the assessment of an individual's walking pattern or gait. Dr. Weaver utilizes various methods, including observation and pressure-sensitive mats, to analyze the biomechanics of walking.
  • Vascular studies. Various vascular studies can be used to evaluate and diagnose peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and other circulatory issues affecting the lower extremities. For example, the ankle-brachial index (ABI) and toe-brachial index (TBI) are non-invasive tests that compare blood pressure readings in the arms, ankles, and toes to detect blockages or reduced blood flow. Segmental pressure measurements can pinpoint the specific location of arterial narrowing or occlusion. Digital X-rays of the feet and ankles can reveal calcifications within arteries, which may indicate advanced vascular disease. 
  • Shoe evaluation. Footwear plays a significant role in foot health and function. Dr. Weaver considers factors such as shoe fit, support, cushioning, and stability when evaluating footwear. He may recommend specific shoe types or modifications to accommodate individual foot conditions or biomechanical issues.
  • Digital X-rays. Digital X-rays are a fundamental tool in podiatric diagnostics, providing detailed images of the bones and joints of the foot and ankle. They are invaluable for detecting fractures, arthritis, deformities, and other structural abnormalities.

Therapeutic Treatments We Provide

Once Dr. Weaver has made a diagnosis, we’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that helps control your pain while improving your mobility and enhancing your overall quality of life. To do this, we offer many different types of treatment options.

  • Physical therapy. Physical therapy in our shared office focuses on rehabilitative exercises and treatments to improve foot and ankle function, aiding recovery from injuries and surgeries.
  • Neuropathy therapy. We provide neuropathy therapy targeting foot-related symptoms like numbness and tingling, employing various techniques to manage pain and improve nerve function in patients.
  • Shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy, also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), involves the use of high-energy sound waves directed at the affected area. These focused shockwaves can help promote healing by increasing blood flow, breaking up scar tissue, and stimulating the body's natural repair processes. In podiatry, shockwave therapy is commonly used to treat chronic plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, and neuromas. It has also shown promising results in facilitating the healing of diabetic foot ulcers and other chronic foot wounds.
  • Wound care. Our podiatry clinic offers expert treatment for foot ulcers, infections, and other wound-related complications to promote healing and prevent further issues.
  • UltraMIST System. UltraMIST is used to promote wound healing by delivering low-frequency ultrasound waves to the wound bed without making direct contact. The non-contact application reduces pain and risk of cross-contamination compared to traditional wound debridement methods. Ultrasonic mist treatment is particularly useful for treating diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, and other chronic non-healing wounds.

Foot and Ankle Care Products We Offer

Our office also provides a wide number of foot and ankle care products for patients. Let's look at a few examples. 

  • Compression wraps. Providing adjustable compression and support for acute injuries, these elastic bandage wraps are versatile and effective.
  • Custom diabetic inserts. Tailored to diabetic foot needs, orthotic inserts reduce friction and pressure points for enhanced comfort and protection.
  • Diabetic shoes. Engineered for diabetes management, these shoes offer protection, support, and comfort.
  • Heel lifts. Correcting leg length discrepancies and providing support, heel lifts elevate the heel for improved biomechanics.
  • Custom AFO. An ankle-foot orthosis tailored to your specific measurements and foot structure provides maximum support and stability.
  • Night splints. Worn during sleep to stretch calf muscles and alleviate morning heel pain, night splints are a non-invasive treatment option.
  • Over-the-counter orthotics for children. Offering arch support and cushioning for common foot ailments,  prefabricated inserts are convenient and affordable for your child's feet.
  • Custom orthotics. Custom-made orthotic devices can correct biomechanical issues, alleviate foot pain, and improve overall foot function and mobility. These personalized inserts are created using precise molds or 3D scans of your feet to ensure a perfect fit and appropriate support for your unique foot structure and gait patterns.
  • Ankle braces. Offering stability and protection for acute and chronic ankle injuries, this bracing system is essential for rehabilitation and prevention.
  • Wound care supplies. Our office provides bandages, gauze, and other wound care supplies for diabetic patients with foot ulcers.