If you’re feeling an aching, stiffness, soreness or tenderness in the path between your calf muscle and heel bone, you may need to look at getting treatment for Achilles tendonitis.
The Achilles tendon gets its name from the “Achilles heel,” referring to a weakness in overall strength - which can potentially lead to downfall - coming from the mythical story of Achilles who was slain during the Trojan War by a poisoned arrow to his heel.
Achilles tendonitis can be a weakness for you, especially if you wait to get it treated.
What is Achilles Tendonitis?
Your Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. The purpose of the Achilles tendon is to facilitate walking by helping to raise the heel off the ground.
Achilles tendonitis occurs when the tendon becomes inflamed typically due to overuse related to a sudden increase of a repetitive activity, such as a runner training for a marathon or a weekend warrior – those who aren’t as conditioned and participate in strenuous activities infrequently. If this condition isn’t resolved, then over time it may progress to a degeneration of the tendon. In this case, the tendon develops microscopic tears that become very painful. When the body is unable to repair the tissues on its own, treatment becomes necessary.
Conservative Treatments for Achilles tendonitis
Achilles tendonitis treatment depends on the severity of damage to the tendon and how long the injury has been present. In early stages one or more of the following conservative treatments may be recommended:
- Ice to reduce swelling and inflammation
- Orthotic devices
- Physical therapy
When conservative treatments fail to restore the tendon, then other treatments are recommended.
Stem Cell Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis
Since Achilles tendonitis is a result of the degeneration of tendon, stem cells can be used to regenerate, new healthy cells. Stem cells are cells that haven’t yet determined their role in the body, so they can turn into just about anything. In the case of Achilles tendonitis, stem cells are injected directly into the tendon using fluoroscopy and immediately able to start creating new tendon.
Adler Footcare uses only ethical methods when using stem cells. The cells used are amniotic stem cells taken from the amniotic sac of live births, as opposed to controversial embryonic stem cells.
As the tissues are regenerated, patients can expect less inflammation, minimized swelling, more range of motion, and healing time to occur twice as fast.
If you’re interested in learning more about stem cell treatment for Achilles tendonitis, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare for a free foot assessment. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.