Achilles Tendonitis Riverside
Retrocalcaneal Exostosis (Haglunds Deformity)
Achilles tendonitis will often result with mechanical overload of the tendon. This is usually associated with overuse of the tendon and a tight Achilles tendon. The tendon usually becomes swollen and painful. The pain is usually localized to the back of the tendon, just above its attachment to the heel bone.
In the early phase of the injury, no scar tissue is formed at this point and the treatment is conservative. Conservative therapy often requires removal of the mechanic problems with custom-molded orthotics, heel lift, stretching and muscle training. Physical therapy and stretching are used to increase flexibility.
If left unattended, this condition can become chronic, and scar tissue in the tendon can develop. At this point, surgery is indicated.
What Is a PRP Injection?
In some cases where Achilles tendonitis is not responding to conservative care, a great non-surgical in-office option is platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection. This is a state-of-the-art advanced technology.
PRP injection is a very minimally invasive procedure. The blood is drawn and spun down in a device, then under ultrasound guidance and local anesthesia, the injection of the PRP is administered in the damaged tissue. It allows an increase of growth factor in the area, which will start the healing process.
If the patient does not respond to conservative therapy measures, surgery may be required.
What Is an Achilles Suture Bridge?
The Achilles Suture Bridge is specifically a procedure that repairs chronic Achilles calcific tendonitis. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon is a common problem for many athletes. Usually, it resolves in 4-6 weeks. However, recurrent overuse or injury can cause chronic inflammation to develop into Achilles tendonitis.
If this persists, chronic changes within the tendon develop, causing thickness and swelling of the tendon, which can cause secondary changes. These include calcium deposits in the tendon or on the heel bone, weakness, pain and even rupture. When conservative treatment fails, surgery is required to correct these changes.
This is an open procedure to remove bone at the heel (pump bump) and inflamed and degenerated tendon. The Achilles Suture Bridge is specifically a procedure to address this problem.
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