Posts for: November, 2017
This is a very good example of how important it is to address any pain associated with Achilles tendon before it is too late, and patients need surgery.
Richard Sherman had pain in his Achilles tendon for about one year but he was so afraid to be cut from the team that he did not properly treat it and therefore suffered a complete rupture of the Achilles tendon on Thursday night. He will need surgery now, but it is a very good medical lesson to learn not to ignore your symptoms of pain.
When Achilles tendon issues are treated in a timely fashion, those disastrous injuries can be easily prevented. And the biggest question now is, will he ever be the same? Will he be able to play again?
There are non-surgical and minimally invasive surgical options like Tenex and amniotic injections that are available that can make a difference between a major operation and a simple injection or minimally invasive procedure.
Do not wait to be on the sideline, act now, schedule an appointment today at 863-299-4551.
As plantar fasciitis occurs due to repetitive motion it causes small micro tears within the plantar fascia. A new technique called Tenex percutaneous plantar fascia repair has been developed. Tenex utilizes ultrasonic energy, it is safe and quick, and specifically designed for those who are suffering from painful condition associated with chronic plantar fasciitis.
I also use it on chronic Achilles tendonitis. Now I offer this solution that does not involve general open surgery, and it gives my patients quick relief of pain and carries a 95% success rate. My patients have reported to me that they absolutely did not want to have open plantar fasciotomy where a surgeon cuts or severs the whole plantar fascia. Potentially, that can cause future problems as the severing of the tendon can cause flattening of the arch and future arthritic changes within the foot.
The Tenex plantar fascia repair procedure is done at the surgery center under intravenous sedation with local anesthesia and it allows my patients to rapidly return to normal activities and achieve quick relief of pain. No sutures are required, and it is covered by most insurances. I have performed this procedure on professional athletes and Olympic runners with a high success rate.
Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, is probably one of the most common conditions that I see in my office. In fact, approximately 40%-60% of all patients that I see are due to some sort of heel pain. In Florida, I also find it more seasonal as Floridians wear a lot of flip-flops in the summer that provide absolutely no arch support and therefore are more likely to develop heel pain.
In the United States, approximately 2 million Americans seek medical attention annually due to plantar fasciitis. It is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems in the human body. 10% of people in the world will suffer from plantar fasciitis in their lifetime. Statistics are on our side as only about 5% of patients who have this condition will end up having to have surgery. There are multiple studies that show that just a combination of foot orthotics and night splints reduces pain by 50%.
Depending on the level of pain in the heel, Cortisone injections sometimes are necessary to help with healing process. Many studies have shown that functional orthotics prevent plantar fasciitis from coming back. A lot of my patients start experiencing heel pain 3 to 4 years after they have seen me and have received a pair of orthotics because they are starting to wear out and they need a new pair. Even if nonsurgical treatments do not work, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There is a new procedure called Tenex that has success rate of close to 95%.