2003-11-14 / Community

‘Sensational’ Foot Treatment For Diabetics

‘Sensational’ Foot Treatment For Diabetics


Edward Mills says he usually reads a book or takes a nap while undergoing treat­ment on his feet.Edward Mills says he usually reads a book or takes a nap while undergoing treat­ment on his feet.

A treatment for the feet of diabetics, which uses infrared light to increase blood flow, is now available in Rockaway.

Sands Point Physical Therapy Director Timothy Rohrs, who has overseen the use of the Anodyne Therapy equipment since it arrived seven weeks ago, said patients are already feeling improvement.

Broad Channel resident Edward Mills had no sensation in either of his feet when tested in mid-September, he said. After 18 45-minute treatments, over the course of about a 30-days, Mills had improved sensation in 10 out of the 18 test regions. "We’re making progress here," Mills said, adding that it helps him walk — he has been able to balance himself more steadily.

Rohrs said another patient is seeing even more promising results in about the same amount of time.


Mills’ feet are covered with plastic wrap before the therapy pads are put on them.Mills’ feet are covered with plastic wrap before the therapy pads are put on them.

Diabetics often lose sensation in their feet as a result of reduced blood circulation, Rohrs said. Numbness can lead to diabetic foot ulcers; something begins to irritate the foot, but the person can’t feel it. That can cause a large sore, which could allow for the infection that makes amputation necessary.

Go to www.AnodyneTherapy.com or call 1-800-521-6664 for more information.


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