The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

NYC Podiatrist Offers Innovative FAST Technique For Tendinosis

Posted by on Friday, May 10th, 2013

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We are pleased to be one of the first groups in the New York area to do the FAST procedure for Achilles tendinosis and plantar fasciitis.

What Is Achilles Tendinosis & Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Achilles TendinosisSmall tears in the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone
  • Plantar FasciitisSmall tears in the tendon that connects the heel bone to the toes

We see this type of micro-tearing injury in athletes quite frequently. Many athletes also tear tendons in their knees, which take a lot of wear-and-tear as well. Repetitive movements and overuse are generally the cause of such foot problems. You might tear a tendon if you’re not used to exercising, if you exercise too much, or if your job has you on your feet all the time. Weight, shoe choice, and physical characteristics are all contributing factors to tendon health as well. Sometimes these tears produce no symptoms, but eventually, the pain can be extremely excruciating, with lots of accompanying inflammation.

Pau Gasol Undergoes FAST Technique To Heal Torn Tendons

Lakers fans know the team has had a tough year. The team’s $19.3 million power forward, Pau Gasol, struggled with knee pain earlier this year. He missed eight games in early December and another twenty games from February to March with a torn plantar fascia. In the forty-nine regular season games he played, the Lakers’ “big man” averaged 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. They need him back!

This week, the Lakers announced that Pau Gasol received a successful “FAST technique” procedure on both knees Thursday morning. The name stands for Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue. The minimally-invasive procedure is done by applying a local anesthetic and inserting a probe into the knees to direct ultrasound waves that clear out degenerated tissue in the tendons within just 15 minutes.

Gasol will also receive stem cell injections to stimulate the regeneration of fresh tissue. Typical patients can resume regular weight-bearing activities within two weeks and enjoy a full recovery within six weeks. Due to the strenuous nature of his job, the twelve-year NBA veteran will spend the next three months resting; but he’s expected to make a full recovery.

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC Offers FAST Treatment

We’re pleased to offer NYC area residents the most innovative technology available in treating their repetitive motion and sports injuries. What we like about the FAST technique is that it mitigates all the typical risks associated with tendon surgery — poor reactions to general anesthesia, bleeding, infection, additional scar tissue formation, chronic pain, stiffness of the joint, lost mobility, and extended (twelve-week) recuperation time. Instead, we use this quick, non-surgical procedure to have you back on your feet again in no time at all.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. 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.