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MicroVas, also known as Micro Vascular Therapy or MVT, is one of the treatments used by PA Foot and Ankle Associates to relieve the symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy in the feet. In most cases, but not all, this condition results from diabetes.
What is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?
Neuropathies are the most common side affect of diabetes, occurring in up to 50% of patients. A neuropathy can appear in any part of the body, affecting any organ, the muscles, or sensation, but most often affects the feet and legs, followed by the hands and arms. Symptoms may appear suddenly or may develop slowly over a period of years.
Symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy include:
- Tingling or burning sensation
- Sharp pain which may be worse at night
- Difficulty or pain when running or walking
- A “heavy” feeling in your legs
- Numbness in the extremities
- Reduced ability to feel pain
- Reduced ability to feel changes in temperature
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Lack of sensation when touching an object
- Muscle weakness
- Ulcers, infections, deformities, bone pain, joint pain in the foot
- Feeling of wearing stockings or slippers when feet are bare
Peripheral Neuropathy may take years to develop in a diabetic patient, or it may be present at the time of diagnosis. If you’ve been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, it’s essential that you’re tested regularly for symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy to avoid the additional complications which can develop.
What is the MicroVas treatment?
MicroVas was originally developed by the U.S. military to treat hypothermia in Navy SEALS. It’s a non-invasive treatment which uses electronic impulses to cause muscle contraction and relaxation cycles to stimulate circulation in the capillaries (the tiny blood vessels near the skin surface). This increased capillary blood flow raises the oxygen level in the tissues in order to promote healing in the nerves and muscles which have been damaged.
Blood flow in the capillaries and the tissues they feed is compromised in many diabetic patients because persistent high blood sugar causes vascular damage and nerve damage, and with the vascular damage comes decreased blood flow to the surrounding tissues. When blood flow is reduced, gas and fluid exchange is reduced, which allows toxins to build up in the tissues, causing further damage. MicroVas stimulates blood flow in these regions to remove toxins, speed healing, and restore balance and proper function.
MicroVas treatments are administered in our office, take roughly 45 minutes each and there are no complications. How many treatments are required will depend on the severity of your condition and will be determined by your podiatrist.
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