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Achilles Tendonitis


The Seattle Seahawks suffered a harsh blow to the rest of their season when team doctors diagnosed star cornerback Richard Sherman with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The injury takes Sherman out of the game for the rest of the season.

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Running isn’t just a fitness activity.  It’s a lifestyle.  A way of life.  It’s even a culture for 5k runners that run for every cause that needs funds raise.  The Komen Race for a Cure.  The Snowbird Sprint Triathlon.  The Grand Island Firefighters Fun Run.  The Color Stampede.  Each 5k has its own t-shirt, its own breed of runner, and its own style.  Passionate runners raise funds and awareness for so many things they care about that Chronic Achilles Tendonitis can be devastating.  And that’s why Advanced Radiology is here to help.

Achilles Tendonitis, also known as Heel Tendonitis, is an overuse injury to the tendon that connects the back of the calf muscle to the heel.  It usually begins with a mild ache in the back of the leg above the heel.  With continued running or climbing of stairs it the pain can become severe, even disabling.

Mild cases of Achilles Tendonitis can go away with at home care using rest and ice, but repeated injuries or severe cases may require medical intervention.  One of our radiologists can perform a Tenex Procedure to liquefy and remove the damaged tissue, allowing the healthy tissue to regrow.

Via a small incision in the skin, a radiologist will guide a hollow needle into the tendon.  Once the damaged tissue is reached, ultrasonic waves will be applied to the damaged tissue breaking it up, and it can be suctioned out through the needle.  Typical recovery time is 6-8 weeks to get back to a moderate level of activity.

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