Do You Have Nagging Pain and Swelling After a Tendon Injury? We Discuss Innovative Treatments for Achilles Tendinopathy

Posted by on Monday, December 14th, 2015

“I felt like my bat came around and hit the back of my Achilles,” Philadelphia Phillies star slugger Ryan Howard recalled after tearing his Achilles tendon.1https://www.muirortho.com/achilles-tendon-tear/ “I tried to run and felt a pop and it felt like the whole thing was on fire…like I was literally on a flat tire. I tried to get to get up, but I couldn’t go,” he added.

The feeling of an acute Achilles tendon tear is simply awful. Yet, for many patients we see, their woes don’t end there. Chronic tendinopathy can persist for many, many months after initial tendon damage. Doctors who treat tendons used to call the residual pain “Achilles tendinitis,” believing that the pain was related to chronic inflammation and swelling. Now we know this is not true.

The term we use is “Achilles tendinopathy,” which refers to a tendon that has weakened or degenerated due to abnormal healing patterns. Today we take a look at a few different modern methods of treatment that have shown great results in our NYC podiatry practice, compared to some of the older therapies for tendon damage.

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Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP therapy) is one way podiatrists can help those with Achilles tendinopathy get back to their normal activities. Image source: Flickr CC user Lisle Boomer

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1. https://www.muirortho.com/achilles-tendon-tear/

NFL News: Does Platelet Rich Plasma Work? Victor Cruz Turns to PRP Injections for Chronic Injury

Posted by on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Recently, NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz underwent platelet rich plasma treatment for a chronic injury in his left calf that has been acting up since mid-August. He received treatment at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, but you needn’t go to a hospital to find this type of innovative care.

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City has been using platelet-rich plasma injection therapy for more than five years now, with hundreds of patients treated successfully for ailments ranging from plantar fasciitis (heel pain) and bursitis to chronic tendinosis and osteoarthritis.

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Blood spun in a centrifuge such as this one yields a higher density of healing platelets, which can be used to treat some sports injuries directly at the site. Image Source: Wikimedia CC

Your Podiatrist May Recommend One Of These Nonsurgical Foot Treatments First

Posted by on Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Many times patients come to The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine seeking surgery, specifically. What they’re really looking for is an end to their suffering as soon as possible. However, in most cases, surgery isn’t truly “a quick fix” because it involves a lengthy recovery time and may involve the risk of complications, which delays healing even further. The good news is that we treat serious foot problems like bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, and nerve pain with a high degree of success using nonsurgical foot treatments.

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Nonsurgical treatment for bunions is available, and the right podiatrist will take the time to discuss your options with you. Image source: Flickr CC user Kim Carpenter

5 Reasons Why PRP Therapy Is a Blessing for Foot & Ankle Injuries

Posted by on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

A fascinating medical treatment with myriad uses, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections use your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to create a denser concentration of healing stem cell platelets, and inject it at the site of injury. The many applications are still being investigated–among them restoring hair, giving an aging face a lift, and reducing pain–but one thing is clear: PRP works for soft tissue recovery. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we have been using PRP therapy for the past several years with excellent results.

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Platelet Rich Plasma injections are used by pro athletes to prompt healing. Image Source: AAOS.com

 

NBA News: Dwight Howard Latest Athlete To Receive PRP Therapy

Posted by on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

We don’t usually talk about knee injuries. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC primarily deals with all things foot- and ankle-related. But we’re interested in Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard’s recent knee injury because he’s being treated with platelet-rich plasma injections (or PRP therapy). PRP therapy is a progressive treatment we use in our practice as well. In addition to its effectiveness with knee injuries, we’ve seen great results using PRP therapy for plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and ankle sprains.

Dwight Howard is one of the latest celebrities to get treated with PRP therapy, which we offer at our NYC clinic. Photo credit: Youtube user PFortyy

Platelet-Rich Plasma: The Benefits and Drawbacks of This Innovative Treatment

Posted by on Monday, November 17th, 2014

Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment has been in the headlines as used by injured sports players from Tiger Woods and Hines Ward to Kobe Bryant and Rafael Nadal. Patients who come in to our sports medicine clinic with similar overuse injuries are often curious about PRP therapy, but have the misconception that it must be so expensive that only elite athletes can afford it. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC offers this innovative treatment to sufferers of Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and other injuries that are traditionally considered “stubborn to heal.”

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Platelet rich plasma injections awaken the body’s natural healing abilities. Image Source: Wikimedia.org