Torn tendons in foot are a common cause of pain and disability.
The Achilles tendon is a frequently torn tendon in foot.
The Achilles tendon is a thick band of fibrous tissue that connects the gastrocnemius muscle to the heel bone. It is the largest tendon in the human body. Contraction of the gastrocnemius muscle tighens the Achilles tendon thereby pulling the heel up. This allows you to point your foot and stand on your tiptoes.
The Achilles tendon can weaken and become thin with age and lack of use which predisposes it to inflammation, tears or rupture. Disease states such as arthritis and diabetes along with medications including steroids can also weaken the tendon . The FDA has issued a warning about an increased risk of tendon tear and rupture with flouroquinolone antibiotics (such as Avalox, Cipro, Factive, Floxin, Levaquin, Noroxin and Proquin XR). Tendon inflammation (tendonitis) can arise from tendon injury or overuse and lead to a tear or rupture.
Treatment options typically are surgical which involve the inherent risks of surgery, anesthesia and the extensive and often painful rehabilitation. The surgery involves reattaching the torn or ruptured ends together which can result in a shortened tendon. Shortening of the tendon can significantly changes the bio mechanics of a patient thereby giving rise to other problems including ankle, knee and hip pain.
A novel concept is now available in which stem cells are utilized to repair the torn tendon in foot. Regenexx allows a patient to use their own stem cells to repair torn or damaged tendons and ligaments. No surgery or anesthesia is required. The procedure is a simple needle in, needle out process utilizing x-ray to accurately place the stem cells in the area of damage. Please click on the video to review one of our patients success using Regenexx stem cell therapy.