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Dr. Mark Ellerkmann, Director of The Urogynecology Center at Mercy, is a Board Certified surgeon specializing in the treatment of urinary incontinence in women of all ages.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
Named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News and World Report, Mercy Medical Center is home to The Maryland Spine Center.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
The foot and ankle surgeons at The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy in Baltimore are proud to offer low energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy as a treatment option for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
Low energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive option that can be an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis when conservative measures such as rest, exercise modification, physical therapy and orthotic inserts have failed to relieve pain.
Shock wave therapy is a technology similar to lithotripsy, used to break up kidney stones. It is readily performed in the office and does not require anesthesia.
Low energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy is performed in the office without anesthesia. A probe is placed against the skin of the foot or ankle and then a series of energy "shocks" are delivered over five to ten minutes. It it thought that this "jump starts" the body's own healing processes in the affected tissues.
When low energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy has been performed for plantar fasciitis or Achillies tendonitis the initial stages of healing begin within four to six weeks, with continued recovery for several months. Most patients note some improvement within the first three months. Occasionally, an additional treatment may be considered depending on the response achieved with the first cycle.
It is important to continue stretching exercises and physical therapy during recovery. Most surgeons recommend the patient avoid the use of anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs, such as Ibuprofen) for at least six weeks so as not to interfere with the healing process.
If the low energy shock wave therapy is not effective, surgery remains a last resort option.
Patients suffering from plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis may be candidates for shock wave therapy if more conservative treatment methods have not been effective in relieving pain.
The top rated team of doctors and surgeons at The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is recognized as one of the region’s best programs for foot and ankle reconstruction and injury. Our surgeons offer pioneering surgical care and innovative, one-of-a-kind treatment for foot and ankle conditions, including osteoarthritis, sprained ankle, ankle arthritis, Achilles tendinitis, flat feet, heel pain, foot and ankle trauma, nerve problems and problems of the big toe. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.
The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Gary Pichney is a podiatrist specialized in advanced surgical techniques with expertise in forefoot, rear foot and ankle surgical reconstruction, sports medicine and amputation prevention in the diabetic foot.
An active retiree embarks upon a second career but finds himself slowed down by arthritis in both feet. After surgery at Mercy he finds himself on the move once again.