Chronic tendon pain can be incredibly frustrating and discouraging, especially if you’ve been told that the only way it’ll improve is through surgery. However, you’re not stuck choosing between chronic pain and invasive surgery with a lengthy recovery. The podiatry experts at FOOTDRx proudly offer Tenex®, a quick, noninvasive procedure for chronic tendon pain. For your convenience, FOOTDRx has an office in Englewood, New Jersey, and three New York City locations: in Midtown East, Union Square, and Bushwick, Brooklyn. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
Chronic tendinopathy, or fasciopathy, refers to long-lasting pain in your connective tissues. It can affect many of the connective tissues in your body, including your Achilles tendon, which connects your calf muscles to your heels, and your plantar fascia, which connects your heel bone to your toes.
Tendinopathy commonly affects people with active lifestyles. In most cases, it’s the result of overuse, whether you put repetitive stress on your feet and ankles or recently increased your level of physical activity.
Not all tendon or fascia pain becomes chronic. It may resolve if you stop putting excess pressure on your feet and ankles.
If you don’t address the cause of your tendinopathy, you may continue to suffer small tears in the affected tendon. Over time, as your body attempts to heal itself, scar tissue builds up, leading to chronic pain and a limited range of motion.
Tenex is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure to treat tendinopathy. Your podiatrist may recommend Tenex if your condition has persisted for months and hasn’t improved in response to conservative treatment. Tenex may also be appropriate if you’ve suffered a sudden tendon or ligament injury that’s too serious for conservative treatment.
If your podiatrist diagnoses you with Achilles tendinitis or plantar fasciitis, they may recommend:
If this approach doesn’t improve your symptoms, including pain, swelling, tenderness, or limited range of motion, your podiatrist may recommend Tenex. Before Tenex came along, your only option may have been invasive surgery to repair the tissue with a prolonged recovery. Tenex can get you feeling better and back on your feet much sooner.
Tenex uses a special ultrasonic needle to break up scar tissue. Before the procedure begins, a staff member at FOOTDRx numbs the treatment area with a local anesthetic.
Your podiatrist inserts the needle through a tiny incision. They use ultrasonic imaging to precisely locate damaged and diseased tissue. Using the needle, they break down and remove the affected tissue without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue.
Recovery from Tenex takes four to six weeks, compared with traditional surgery, which requires a recovery of up to six months. For the first two weeks, you may need to walk with the help of a boot, cane, and/or crutches. Your doctor helps you safely, gradually return to normal activity and prescribes medication to manage the pain as needed.
Tenex can make a world of difference for chronic foot and ankle pain. To learn more, schedule an appointment at FOOTDRx online or over the phone.