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Miami Beach shockwave therapy

Miami Beach Shockwave Therapy

It is widely accepted that when your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. There are few professionals who understand the complexities of the feet and ankles as well as Dr. Merrick L. Horn. With over 4 decades as a leading podiatrist, Dr. Horn is a skilled specialist who can provide effective treatments for foot and ankle conditions. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and toenail problems, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients such as Miami Beach shockwave therapy.

Dr. Horn is proud to provide regenerative therapy for many inflammatory conditions of the feet. One of his non-surgical treatments is Miami Beach shockwave therapy, or extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Shock wave therapy is a noninvasive method that uses pressure waves to treat various musculoskeletal conditions. High-energy acoustic waves (shock waves) deliver a mechanical force to the body’s tissues. Dr. Horn uses shockwave therapy to treat degenerated tendons (Achilles tendonitis) and heel pain (plantar fasciitis). Complications are infrequent with shockwave therapy. People who have poor sensation (neuropathy) or hypersensitivity in the target area should not have this procedure. Open sores should also be avoided. Shockwave therapy is not used in patients with heart conditions or seizures. It should not be used during pregnancy. This should be discussed with your physician before undergoing the procedure.

The procedure is simple. Dr. Horn places gel to the affected area to help conduct the waves and then uses a noninvasive probe on the skin. An electrical charge creates an energy wave that is focused on the area of concern. The shockwaves create a force on the tissues that may induce healing. Miami Beach shockwave therapy is an outpatient procedure. High- or low-energy waves may be used. High-energy waves may cause pain and require a local or regional anesthetic. Low-energy shock wave therapy often is performed without anesthesia. Therapy is more successful with active patient participation where the patient tells the therapist whether or not the probe is at the area of pain. One or more treatment sessions may be needed to address the condition. If you suffer from foot pain and are looking for a cutting-edge approach to getting better, give Dr. Horn a call today.

909 North Miami Beach Blvd., Suite 401
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 949-4189

North Miami Beach children's foot care

North Miami Beach Children’s Foot Care

Common pediatric foot conditions in North Miami Beach

Dr. Merrick L. Horn understands how important it is for youngsters to maintain good foot health as they grow. He has been a leading pediatric podiatrist offering North Miami Beach children’s foot care for over 40 years and is a skilled specialist. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and hammertoes, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients, young and old.

Children can develop many of the same foot conditions as adults. And if your child is in pain, you want North Miami Beach children’s foot care you can trust to take care of him/her with sensitivity and skill. Foot problems in your child may appear at birth, shortly thereafter, or once your child is walking. Walking abnormally is often the first sign that something is wrong with your child’s foot or their feet. Adolescents and teenage children may develop foot or ankle problems and these should not be ignored. It is important to watch for any foot deformities or limping in your adolescent or teenage child, and see our podiatrists who are experts in pediatric podiatry if you notice any foot issues.

This caring pediatric podiatrist has a lot of experience treating the foot and ankle issues of their young patients. They can effectively tend to heel pain, in-toeing or out-toeing, toe walking, bunions, flat feet, ingrown toenails, and plantar warts. Our patients expect and receive the finest care with a gentle touch each and every time they see us. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. Among our most important functions is to educate our patients as to their treatment options. We take the time to speak to you about your treatment goals and we will make recommendations allowing you to make the most educated health care decisions. For North Miami Beach children’s foot care and for all of your family’s podiatric needs, make an appointment with Dr. Horn.

909 North Miami Beach Blvd., Suite 401
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 949-4189

Miami Beach shockwave therapy

North Miami Beach Foot Doctor

Shockwave therapy (ECSWT) in North Miami Beach

It is widely accepted that when your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. There are few professionals who understand the complexities of the feet and ankles as well as Dr. Merrick L. Horn. With over 40 years as a leading North Miami Beach foot doctor, Dr. Horn is a skilled specialist who can provide effective treatments for foot and ankle conditions. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and toenail problems, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients.

Dr. Horn, your North Miami Beach foot doctor, is proud to provide regenerative therapy for many inflammatory conditions of the feet. One of his non-surgical treatments is shockwave therapy, or extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Shock wave therapy is a noninvasive method that uses pressure waves to treat various musculoskeletal conditions. High-energy acoustic waves (shock waves) deliver a mechanical force to the body’s tissues. Dr. Horn uses shockwave therapy to treat degenerated tendons (Achilles tendonitis) and heel pain (plantar fasciitis). Complications are infrequent with shock wave therapy. People who have poor sensation (neuropathy) or hypersensitivity in the target area should not have this procedure. Open sores should also be avoided. Shock wave therapy is not used in patients with heart conditions or seizures. It should not be used during pregnancy. This should be discussed with your physician before undergoing the procedure.

The North Miami Beach foot doctor places gel to the affected area to help conduct the waves and then uses a noninvasive probe on the skin. An electrical charge creates an energy wave that is focused on the area of concern. The shock waves create a force on the tissues that may induce healing. Shock wave therapy is an outpatient procedure. High- or low-energy waves may be used. High-energy waves may cause pain and require a local or regional anesthetic. Low-energy shock wave therapy often is performed without anesthesia. Therapy is more successful with active patient participation where the patient tells the therapist whether or not the probe is at the area of pain. One or more treatment sessions may be needed to address the condition. If you suffer from foot pain and are looking for a cutting-edge approach to getting better, give Dr. Horn a call today.

909 North Miami Beach Blvd., Suite 401
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 949-4189

Bay Harbor toenail fungus

Bay Harbor Toenail Fungus

Laser treatment for toenail fungus in Bay Harbor

Bay Harbor toenail fungus

Bay Harbor toenail fungus

It is unsightly and embarrassing. Toenail fungus. Dr. Merrick L. Horn understands how important it is for you to treat and heal this unpleasant condition. He has been in his podiatry office in Bay Harbor for over 40 years and is a skilled specialist. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and Bay Harbor toenail fungus, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients.

Toenail fungus is diagnosed through clinical cultures and identification of the involved organism. It is usually a thickened and yellowish-brown discolored nail plate surface. In most cases, the infection starts at the end of the toenail and progressively involves the remainder of the plate. The vast majority of fungus nails are asymptomatic or painless and for many, are more of a cosmetic problem than anything else. Most authorities agree that fungus nails are not contagious between people but a progressive involvement from one toe to another is still a confusing issue for many. Dr. Horn is skilled at treating Bay Harbor toenail fungus using technologically advanced laser treatments.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of lasers to treat toenail fungus in 2013. Lasers produce coherent light energy of a sufficient strength and of a specific wavelength, which when projected into tissue is absorbed, producing heat and destroying tissues. Other tissue components are unaffected and so spared. It is proposed that some lasers might work by heating up the nail sufficiently to discourage fungal infections. Another approach to laser treatment of the nails uses a fractional CO2 laser to burn holes in the nail plate through which topical antifungal medications can effectively penetrate. To discuss the use of lasers for your Bay Harbor toenail fungus, or to learn about Dr. Horn’s other podiatric services, give him a call today.

909 North Miami Beach Blvd., Suite 401
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 949-4189

Heel pain doctor in Miami

Heel Pain Doctor in Miami

Heel pain in Miami

Heel pain doctor in Miami

Heel pain doctor in Miami

There are few professionals who understand the complexities of the feet and ankles as well as Dr. Merrick L. Horn. With over 40 years as a leading Miami podiatrist, Dr. Horn is a skilled specialist and heel pain doctor in Miami. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injures. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and toenail problems, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients.

There are several causes for heel pain, but two common conditions are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonosis. The heel pain doctor in Miami will examine your feet to determine what condition you have and the best way to treat it. The plantar fascia is a thick ligament located on the bottom of the foot from the heel to the base of the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when this ligament becomes irritated resulting in stiffness and pain in the heel area. The irritation that causes the condition of plantar fasciitis occurs for many reasons such as long periods of standing, long periods of bed rest, ill-fitting shoes, over use in sports training, weight gain and lack of flexibility. The Achilles tendon is a cord that runs from the calf muscle to the heel. The Achilles tendon can become inflamed due to small tears, resulting in heel pain and discomfort. This painful condition is called tendonosis. The symptoms and treatments for tendonosis are similar to those for plantar fasciitis. Pain and stiffening occurs in the heel area and is most noticeable after inactive periods such as when you first get off your bed in the morning or after long drives and at the start of a long walk or jog.

In most cases plantar fasciitis is a controllable condition and there are treatments to help ease the pain and discomfort. The most common suggestion is to wear better shoes and inner soles that will provide firmer support to the area. Relief can also be accomplished by stretching the calf and arch and by massaging the area and applying ice for ten minutes at a time, two times a day. If the symptoms persist, additional treatments include custom made orthotics, steroid injections, physical therapy, night splints, and cast boots. A new treatment used by the heel pain doctor in Miami that has proven to be very successful is Orthotripsy or ultra-sonic shockwave therapy. This is a non surgical, non invasive treatment that targets the affected area with shock waves that produces a pain relieving affect at the site and stimulates healing factors such as the formation of new blood vessels and tissue regeneration. The best way to begin treatment of tendonosis is to rest the foot, use heel cushions for elevation, stretching the Achilles tendon and icing the foot. Call us today and take the first step to eliminating your heel pain.

909 North Miami Beach Blvd., Suite 401
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 949-4189

Sports Medicine in Aventura

Podiatrist in Aventura

Our sports medicine in Aventura focuses on those injuries and conditions that are most closely associated with participating in athletics, either on a professional basis, as an amateur, or even if you do it occasionally just for the fun of it. Here at the office of Merrick L. Horn, it is a priority for us to have you back at your top level of performance quickly and to help you to avoid recurrences.

Not all sports take a toll on your arms, chest, or back, but you would be hard pressed to come up with many that aren’t stressful on your feet. Team sports, individual sports, and even fitness rituals like regular running or hiking are all included in our assessment. Even golf, which is not typically thought of as a sport that requires a lot of endurance or impact, does usually entail a lot of walking, not to mention that driving the ball requires planting your feet properly. Our sports medicine in Aventura covers all of the problems that are the result of playing, but the ones that are most common are those of the heel and the ankle. For example, ankle sprains are something we see all the time. And your heel takes the brunt of running and jumping more so than other parts of your feet do. The result can be plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, achilles tendonitis, or even a torn achilles tendon, which of the noted injuries is the most serious and will generally require the longest time for healing and recovery. Thanks to our sports medicine in Aventura, you will be in the hands of a skilled and experienced specialist. So whether your treatment requires orthotics, a cast, medication, physical therapy, or surgery, you can rely on attentive and expert care.

Set up an appointment to come in. Call us today.

909 North Miami Beach Blvd., Suite 401
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 949-4189