Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis are conditions that are common among people who are involved in physical activities of all kinds, such as running, jumping, or walking on a regular basis. However, they can also affect people who are on their feet for extended periods of time.
Research carried out Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that one million Americans are seen by doctors for symptoms of plantar fasciitis every year. Another study revealed that Achilles tendinitis accounts for around 10 percent of running injuries. Clearly, these are common conditions, but unfortunately, many individuals deal with the pain and discomfort for much longer than is necessary.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis and you have tried several treatments to no avail, the Tenex Health TX™ procedure has proven to be highly effective. It is a new technological innovation developed in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic for the treatment of Achilles tendinitis and Plantar fasciitis, as well as other types of tendon inflammation including tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder and more. When you repeat the same activity over time, a tendon may develop micro-tears, becoming painful and difficult to heal.
During the first 3 months, the tendon is inflamed but can be improved by switching to non-impact exercises. One can also use ice to massage the tendon, try physical therapy, receive a cortisone injection, or apply kinesiology tape or bandages to reduce the tendon’s motion. Some patients also find it helpful to use orthotics. However, these treatments may not work for everybody. With repeated use, the tissue can continue to degenerate. If it is not treated properly, the tendon may sustain further damage, leading to increased pain.
Most patients at this stage are faced with two options. The first is to undergo an open surgical procedure. This is the traditional and most common way of removing damaged tissue. However, it normally takes more than 6 months to heal and return to normal activity levels.
The Tenex procedure provides a non-surgical approach for treating these soft tissue injuries, in a fraction of the time. It is a minimally invasive approach for extracting scar tissue from the tendon, thereby eliminating the source of chronic pain and allowing the tendon to heal.
Ultrasound imaging assists in the identification of scar tissue, so that during the procedure, only necrotic (damaged) tissue is removed – healthy tendon tissue remains untouched. The Tenex procedure helps to quickly relieve the pain and enhance speedy recovery as early as possible. Unlike open surgery, results are fast and typical recovery time is 6-8 weeks.
The Tenex procedure takes only 15-20 minutes and is performed using local anesthetic. After the process is completed, a small bandage is placed over the site of the incision. Following the procedure, most patients are placed in a walking boot for a period of 2-3 weeks, and then cleared for normal activity a few weeks later. The Tenex Procedure is covered by most insurance plans.
If you are suffering from Achilles tendinitis or plantar fasciitis, ask us if the Tenex procedure is right for you. Dr. Gabriel Maislos is a board-certified Houston podiatrist with experience diagnosing and treating all types of foot conditions, including achilles tendinitis, heel pain, tarsal tunnel syndrome, ankle injuries and more. Schedule an appointment by calling us at (713) 541-3199 today.