Millions of Americans suffer from chronic heel and foot conditions that can cause debilitating pain and difficulty walking. For years, podiatrists and other medical practitioners could only help patients alleviate their symptoms. However, recent advances in science and technology have made it easier to offer near immediate relief that can eradicate discomfort within a matter of weeks.
The Tenex Procedure and Chronic Heel Pain
The Tenex procedure, also called percutaneous ultrasonic tenotomy, is a minimally-invasive treatment developed by the Mayo Clinic to help relieve and even eliminate chronic heel pain. Instead of performing surgery, doctors use ultrasound imaging to identify damaged tissue to remove.
During extraction, your podiatrist uses a special tool—the TX MicroTip, which resembles a small pen or hollow needle—to remove scar tissue and promote increased blood circulation. The TX MicroTip vibrates at high frequencies, simultaneously breaking down and extracting tissue associated with chronic pain.
Due to its small size, the TX MicroTip can be inserted through a small incision which does not leave a scar or require any stitches.
Tenex for Many Chronic Heel Conditions
- Tendon injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Rotator cuff tendinitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Patellar tendinitis
Tenex is perhaps best known for its use in treating plantar fasciitis, which is among the most common causes of chronic or recurring heel pain. Plantar fasciitis, which involves the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, can worsen over time, causing complications that may lead to other foot, knee, hip, and back problems.
How Tenex Could Help You Reclaim Your Independence
Chronic heel conditions such as plantar fasciitis can make performing everyday tasks painful and difficult. While podiatrists have long been able to help patients alleviate symptoms with orthotics, medication, and physical therapy, Tenex has the proven potential to offer immediate relief.
If you are considering using Tenex to regain your mobility and reclaim your independence but have yet to make up your mind, there are important factors you should consider.
Tenex Enhances the Body’s Natural Healing Processes
Tenex can enhance and complement the body’s natural healing processes by removing the inflamed and damaged scar tissue that can cause conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Since Tenex is highly targeted, it does not typically impede a patient’s mobility or pose a high risk of post-procedure complication.
Tenex Offers Immediate Pain Relief
Tenex is precise and can usually be administered as a single procedure. After the procedure is complete, many patients report feeling immediate relief and diminished pain- and stress-related symptoms.
While Tenex can cause localized pain and swelling, procedure-related discomfort is temporary and can usually be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.
Tenex Could Help You Regain Mobility Within Six Weeks
During recovery, your podiatrist may recommend the use of ice to reduce localized swelling and advise that you rest. However, after about one week, you should be able to walk and go grocery shopping without the need for any additional precautions.
Every patient is different, but most people who receive Tenex treatment regain total mobility and can resume normal activities within six weeks. Throughout recovery, you may notice continued improvement as your discomfort diminishes and your foot continues to heal.
Massapequa Podiatry Associates for Relieving Your Heel Pain
If you’ve stopped participating in the recreational activities you enjoy because you’re experiencing heel pain, and despite all your best efforts, your condition hasn’t improved, it’s time to contact a skilled and experienced podiatrist.
At Massapequa Podiatry Associates, we examine your heel to determine the source of your pain, and we explain your condition, so that, together, we can find the proper solution for your problem. Our board-certified podiatrists offer Tenex to help restore your heel to good health. We can also offer treatments to help relieve other painful conditions, including bunions, ingrown toenails, hammer toes, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, and foot deformities.
If you’re looking for exceptional foot care, contact us online, or call us at 516-541-9000 to schedule an appointment. We’re ready to treat your condition, work to eliminate your pain for good, and get you on your feet again.