SOURCE: Bay Area Foot and Laser Podiatry Group

Bay Area Foot and Laser Podiatry Group

October 05, 2011 10:15 ET

Dr. Mark Wolpa Receives U.S. Patent for Cold Compression Device Used for Sports Injuries and Surgery

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 5, 2011) - Dr. Mark Wolpa, founder of the Bay Area Foot & Laser Podiatry Group, received a U.S. Patent for a novel cold compression device that helps to reduce swelling following surgery and injuries. "The application of ice, compression, and elevation following surgery or injury will never go out of style, and my device will assist the patient with this process by applying pneumatic compression along with the application of cold simultaneously and efficiently as opposed to just using an ice bag and elastic wrap," explains Dr. Wolpa.

Dr. Wolpa became interested in finding a better way to provide cold therapy to his patients after observing for years how most patients complain that placing a cold pack on the foot doesn't stay in place and that it is difficult to feel the cold through the bulky bandages placed on the foot following surgery.

"After much experimenting, I came up with a device that wraps around the foot with cold packs inserted into it along with an attached pneumatic compression pump. The pump helps control the swollen extremity as well as drive the cold deeper into the tissues where it is needed," explains Wolpa.

"I have always had an interest in sports medicine, (Wolpa wrote The Sports Medicine Guide by Leisure Press) and wanted my device to be portable so it could also be used for treatment of injuries on the sporting field immediately following an injury," Wolpa says.

About Bay Area Foot & Laser Podiatry Group

The Bay Area Foot & Laser Podiatry Group's Dr. Mark Wolpa is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, a Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and was Chief of the Podiatry Department at Alta Bates Summit Hospital in Berkeley. He has offices in Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Santa Rosa, Pleasanton, and Marin. Dr. Wolpa was one of the first doctors to perform the laser treatment for toenail fungus in the Bay Area and has authored books, appeared on radio and television. For more information about Dr. Wolpa visit

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