An Achilles Injury Success Story from The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in NY
Posted by Jenn F. on Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Helping patients with chronic pain is the most rewarding part of our job at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine. Often, these patients have tried just about everything they could think of– from home remedies to a physician’s recommendations. We are pleased to offer the next level of care in our Manhattan and Westchester centers, with innovative technology and therapies like the PinPointe FootLaser, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Injections, Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue, Cryotherapy, Biopuncture, and more. Here is one story of one patient who was feeling really down and out about chronic pain– and how we helped.
“I remember one particular patient with an Achilles injury who had tried it all,” recalls Dr. Nadia Levy. “Stretching, orthotics, rest, anti-inflammatories and even Platelet Rich Plasma Injections didn’t take the edge off the pain!”
Why Do Achilles Injuries Hurt So Much?
Achilles injuries often result in pain so severe that running is impossible and just walking is a struggle. While the Achilles tendon– connecting the calf muscle to the heel– is the largest and most powerful tendon in the human body, it can still wear out with repetitive motion and force over time, especially if the calf muscles are weak. We usually see runners, or other high-powered athletes develop this condition. The Achilles is in charge of balancing the body while standing, propelling the body forward while walking, absorbing shock while running, and springing the body upward when jumping. When a stressed-out tendon is overused, it develops inflammation. An inflamed tendon is more prone to injury and often “ruptures” or, in other words, tears. For most patients, conservative treatment with heel cups, anti-inflammatory drugs, icing, and calf stretches can reverse the inflammation. More serious cases require next-level care, which we are equipped to provide at our New York podiatry and sports medicine centers.
Immobilizing & Treating Achilles Injuries With Advanced Technology
“First we put the patient into a CAM walker boot for immobilization during active recovery,” says Dr. Levy. “Then we did EPAT coupled with biopuncture and physical therapy.”
EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT). It is the most advanced and effective noninvasive treatment method approved by the FDA for chronic muscle and tendon pain. During the procedure, an applicator device moves in circular motions over the affected area and deliver pressure waves, which stimulates the body’s natural circulation and healing processes. Treatments are administered weekly in quick 15-minute outpatient sessions. Some people respond immediately, while others may need a month of therapy. In addition to Achilles injuries, we also use this to treat plantar fasciitis and Hallux limitus.
Biopuncture is an injection therapy, where we inject natural, plant-derived compounds at the site of pain. These highly dilute preparations are very low-dose compared to conventional medicine, but stronger than traditional homeopathy. They work to bring down inflammation and stimulate regeneration. We can treat muscle tears, tendinopathy and ankle sprains with this advanced therapy.
New York Achilles Injury Success Story
“All in all, our patient felt a lot better within a month and could play basketball again!” Dr. Levy beams. “It’s cases like this that make me feel happy to work in the field of podiatry, which has a lot of exciting advancements. The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine is a great place to work because we have researched all the latest innovations and invested in the technology to offer our patients a wide suite of tools to heal their pain.”
Contact us to discuss how we can treat your chronic Achilles pain.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.