This procedure is performed with a small incision, it doesn’t require stitches and it leaves no scar. It takes less than 10 minutes to perform, and requires no downtime from work.
Minimally Invasive Tendon/Ligament Repair
- Physical Therapy
- Brace or Cast
Pain, swelling, redness, warmth, weakness, and/or an inability to walk or perform your normal day-to-day activities
What is a Tendon Repair procedure?
Minimally invasive procedure that removes the painful scar tissue that may occur in chronic cases of plantar fasciitis or tendonitis such as Achilles or posterior tibial tendonitis.
When the signs of tendon or ligament injury are first encountered, it is important to limit physical activity and ice the affected area. In addition to icing, taking an NSAID, such as ibuprofen, can further help to reduce pain and swelling. Your podiatrist may recommend a brace, cast, or boot to support your foot and keep it still while the tendon/ligament is healing. Custom orthotics may also be prescribed. An orthotic is an insert that is worn inside your shoes. Tendon injuries can sometimes change the shape of your foot, which then requires special support. As symptoms improve, physical therapy can also be added to the treatment regimen to help you regain strength, motion, and balance. If your symptoms do not improve with the above options, and/or your symptoms get worse, then surgery will be required to repair the tendon/ligament.
Recovery time is significantly reduced from several months (with traditional surgery) to minimal to no downtime with immediate return to work.
During the examination of your foot and ankle, the podiatrist will take x-rays to look for broken bones. An MRI or CT scan may also be recommended depending on your symptoms and the location of the injury.
While it is not always possible to prevent an injury, some steps can be taken to help lower the risk of a foot or ankle injury. Wear supportive shoe gear when engaging in high-impact activities. Add proper stretching and warm-up to your exercise routine. It is also important to know your limits and avoid pushing your muscles to do what they are not ready to.