Advanced Treatments


True, everyone needs a little R&R every now and then. But for active people, nothing is more frustrating than being told to “rest” instead of going out and doing what they love!

We get it. We aren’t just foot and ankle specialists. We’re athletes, too. And we work with a lot of patients who aren’t particularly interested in long recovery times away from their favorite activities.

That’s why we’ve invested in so many innovative, cutting-edge, and advanced treatments at the Colorado Center for Podiatric Sports Medicine.

The goal of these treatments?

  • To help you get back to full speed as quickly as possible—potentially cutting days or even weeks off your total expected recovery time.
  • To allow you to remain as active as possible while getting there

Here’s a closer look at some of the advanced, evidence-based treatments we’re currently offering. Keep checking back, as we’re always looking to remain on the cutting edge.

Radial Pulse Therapy (Shockwave)

Also known as radial shockwave therapy (RSWT), radial pulse therapy is fast, easy, and extremely effective for athletes suffering from almost any kind of chronic soft tissue pain—including tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, trigger points, and more.

The radial pulse machine uses low-medium impulses that penetrate into the targeted tissues. These impulses penetrate deep into tissue and spread out radially, where they trigger your body’s natural healing and repair mechanisms—boosting metabolism and circulation, breaking up scar tissue, improving cellular structure and tensile stability, and more.

There may be mild discomfort or soreness associated with the procedure, but no anesthesia is required and the vast majority of patients tolerate it extremely well.

Pain reduction generally comes very quickly after a session. Your range of motion and muscle tone also noticeably improves and continues to improve after multiple sessions. Each individual session lasts only about 10 minutes, and a typical treatment course involves a total of 4-6 weekly sessions.

MLS Laser Therapy

Multiwave-locked system (MLS) laser therapy uses a synchronized pair of robotically-controlled therapeutic lasers to trigger rapid pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, and accelerated cellular regeneration. The lasers are precisely tuned to specific wavelengths so that the photon energy can be absorbed and harnessed by your cells.

MLS laser therapy is a great option not only for athletes struggling with chronic inflammatory pain, but also those looking to heal quickly after a traumatic soft tissue injury, or even after a surgery. It is completely painless and requires no medications or anesthesia, has no known side effects, and can be combined with virtually any other treatment.

Sessions tend to last 10-15 minutes on average, and most patience begin to notice significant improvement after 1-3 appointments. A typical treatment course requires 6-12 total sessions, depending on the injury.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

In addition to red and white blood cells, your blood contains plasma (the fluid substance that these cells “swim” in) and tiny cellular fragments called platelets. The primary function of platelets is to form clots to close wounds, but they’re also packed with growth factors and other protein and nutrients that play a crucial role in tissue healing and regeneration.

During PRP therapy, we draw a small sample of your blood, then spin it to separate out all the components. The plasma and platelets are recombined to create a high concentration mixture of platelets, which is then injected into injured tissues. This gives your cells a big supply of what they need to accelerate the healing process.

foot doctor treating athlete

Amniotic Stem Cell Injections

Amniotic stem cells are unique in the human body. “Normal” cells can only create copies of themselves, while stem cells can grow into any kind of cell or tissue the body might need at a given time.

Unfortunately, sometimes after a significant enough injury, your injured tissues aren’t able to “recruit” enough nearby stem cells to fully repair and regenerate. Fortunately, we can extract some of your body’s own stem cells from high-concentration areas and inject them directly where they’re needed, triggering much faster and more complete healing.


Prolotherapy is another kind of injection therapy. Essentially, it uses a solution of safe, natural ingredients to “irritate” the damaged joint or tissue just enough to trigger an inflammatory response and trigger a healing response from nearby cells.

A prolotherapy solution may include a mix of dextrose (a type of sugar), fatty acids, numbing agents, or even stem cells and platelet rich plasma. The right solution, then, can offer additional regenerative and analgesic effects in addition to triggering inflammation. The exact balance of ingredients may be adjusted depending on the location and severity of the injury.


Give Us a Call Today

Nothing gives us more pleasure than helping an athlete get back to doing what they love as quickly as possible. Our always-expanding list of advanced treatment options helps us achieve the greatest and fastest possible results, for pros and weekend warriors alike.

Please note that many of these advanced treatments are not covered by insurance. To find out more about what your insurance covers, give us a call!

If you want fast healing and relief for your chronic injuries, please call Dr. James Yakel and the Colorado Center for Podiatric Sports Medicine today at (720) 600-3380 to set up your appointment.

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