You have an ache above your heel or at the back of the leg after running or other exercise. It hurts more after a more intense workout like stair climbing or sprinting. The area is stiff and tender in the morning but gradually gets better with easy, moderate activity.
Do these symptoms fit you? If so you may have Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the Achilles tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. The Achilles tendon is the largest in the body and must bear an incredible amount of stress when running, jumping or just walking.
Achilles Tendonitis Can Be Chronic
Damage to the tendon ranges from overuse to actual micro-tears in the tendon. Some Achilles tendon pain is from a combination of both – acute injury with inflammation, and chronic repetitive overuse that results in tendonosis.
Tendonosis, or tendon degeneration, means that the tissue has weakened and lost its structure due to repeated tendon tears. Sometimes this is a natural product of aging but usually repetitive trauma in sports like running or jumping – without adequate time to heal – plays an important role.
Tendonosis may even lead to a tendon rupture as a result of physically demanding sports like basketball and football.
Treating Achilles Tendon Injury or Degeneration with Tenex Health TX™
If you have chronic tendonitis, you may already have tried conservative treatments including resting, icing, stretching, medication, physical therapy and cortisone injections with no relief.
Your Next Step offers a modern ultrasonic energy therapy that does not involve general or open surgery and returns you to your normal activities quickly. Tenex Health TX™ treatments have many benefits including:
- Only local anesthetic is needed
- 20 minute, non-invasive procedure
- No stitches are necessary – just a small bandage
- Quick pain relief
- Resume normal activities rapidly
Tenex Health TX™ is a gentle ultrasonic energy treatment that breaks down and removes the damaged tissue. The energy is applied with a micro tip that requires only a tiny incision, so healing is fast. Best of all, the surrounding healthy tissue is unharmed because the energy is precisely focused on the damaged area.
Many patients are able to resume normal activities within 6 weeks, which is an improvement over traditional general surgery. We have seen great results from Tenex Health TX™ with our patients suffering from Achilles tendonitis or tendonosis, and also those with heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.
Ask Us about the Many Benefits of Tenex Health TX™ Therapy
We would be happy to discuss this innovative treatment with you to determine if you are a candidate based on your individual needs. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, board certified or qualified podiatrists have successfully used this treatment in many patients with chronic tendonitis. You can reach us using the information at the website for our Ardmore, Paoli and Downingtown offices. Call today to begin the healing process and live pain-free!