Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is the most common of Achilles injuries. It results from damaging inflammation, typically as a result of overuse. The condition can develop over time, but it can also be the result of an acute injury. Inflammation leads to pain and swelling, usually on the back of the tendon just above the heel. Fortunately, tendonitis does not result in scar tissue and the treatment is conservative. However, if left untreated, conditions can worsen over time.

Achilles Tendonitis Treatment

Treatment for Achilles tendonitis usually involves the use of custom orthotics (specially molded shoe inserts) and physical therapy. The goal is to stretch and strengthen the tendon, easing the pain in the process. If your tendonitis does not respond to these treatments, there are other options for easing your tendonitis. Both Platelet Rich Plasma therapy and Stem Cell Therapy are used at our institute for stubborn cases.

Healing Tendonitis with Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Therapy

Blood being drawn for PRP TherapyPlatelet rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy is a procedure that utilizes your own blood to accelerate the healing process. Blood is taken and the platelet rich plasma is separated out. It is then injected into the damaged tendon using local anesthesia and ultrasound guidance. The platelet rich plasma causes an inflammation at the site, spurring the body to heal the damaged tissue.

Platelet Rich PlasmaPlatelet rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy is a procedure that utilizes your own blood to accelerate the healing process. Blood is taken from a vein and the platelet rich plasma is separated out. The platelet rich healing cells are then injected into the damaged tendon using local anesthesia and ultrasound guidance. The platelet rich plasma causes an inflammation at the site, spurring the body to heal the damaged tissue.

PRP Injection Therapy using Ultrasound Guidance.Stem Cell Therapy is used also to increase blood supply and healing cells in a damaged Achilles tendon region. Stem cells are responsible for all tissue healing in the body. A stem cell placed in damaged tissue will multiply and actually help heal the damaged tendon. An innovative new approach to stem cell therapy is the use of amniotic stem cells. Amniotic stem cells are cells that are from amniotic fluid in pregnancy. These are "young" cells and have been shown to be dramatically stronger than "old" cells. Amniotic stem cell therapy does not require a blood draw and is grown by a specific company. The cells are injected into the damaged tendon and will multiply to help with tissue healing.

 

 

Achilles Tendonitis Surgery

When these conditions do not respond to conventional methods of treatment like orthotics or PRP therapy, surgery may be necessary. Although surgery is rare, often, surgery is minimally invasive and is used to break up scar tissue in the soft tissue and increase healing. Most of the surgery cases are minimally invasive. The trained Achilles surgeons at the Achilles Injury Institute are experts at minimally invasive tendon repair surgery which can help in relieving stress on the tendon.