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South Sound clinics offer cutting-edge therapy

Helping others return to a life free of pain

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Considering what they do over a lifetime, it is no wonder that the joints and bones of the feet are often among the first parts of the body to show signs of overuse. Fallen arches, arthritis, tendonitis and fasciitis can make even simple tasks painful and exhausting. Since 2002, Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates of the South Sound has offered help and relief for conditions that keep folks off their feet.

Beginning with the flagship office in Tumwater under the leadership of Terrence Hess, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates has grown over the past 15 years to include five locations, including four in the South Sound. Seven full-time DPMs as well as a number of massage and physical therapists, strive to "tailor a treatment plan that works for our patients to return to a life free from pain," said Shelby Carter, marketing director for Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates.

Dr. Hess "has grown our practice into a multi-specialty medical group with his goal being to have everything the patient needs to help them on the road to recovery," Carter added.

Along with surgery, treatments available through Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates may also include less-invasive options such as MLS laser therapy, orthotics, massage, physical therapy, and more recently, an exciting new procedure known as platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP).

PRP is often highly effective in treating conditions such as fasciitis and tendonitis. It involves using a small quantity of the patient's own blood, which is placed in a high-speed centrifuge that separates platelets from other blood cells. The platelets are then re-injected back into the patient.

"Platelets initiate repair and attract the assistance of stem cells," Carter explained. "The injected platelets release the growth factors ... that lead to improved natural tissue healing, (and) eighty-five percent of patients have shown improvement following their course of treatment."

Depending on the severity and extent of the condition, patients may need anywhere from one to three treatments over a six-month period.

With locations in Tumwater, Tacoma, Olympia and Yelm, there is likely a clinic near you. If your feet are slowing you down, schedule an appointment for an evaluation and learn which treatment plan can get you up and moving like a kid again.

Photo: Terrence Hess, DPM, and his associates at Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates, use multiple therapies, including platelet rich plasma therapy, to get patients back on their feet. Photo courtesy Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates

Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates - Tumwater, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday, 1610 Bishop Rd., Bldg. #7, Tumwater, 360.754.3338,

Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates - Tacoma, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday, 1901 S. Union Ave., Entrance 9, Bldg. B, Suite 3010, Tacoma, 253.272.2999,

Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates - Olympia, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday, 2964 Limited Lane NW, Suite B, Olympia, 360.943.1400,

Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates - Yelm, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday, 201 Tahoma Blvd., Suite 208, Yelm, 360.400.3338,

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