Foot and Ankle Tendinopathy

Foot and Ankle Tendinopathy PRP Therapy Los Angeles

Tendinopathy describes damage of the tendons, which may cause pain or serious flexibility and mobility issues if left untreated. In a patient’s foot, tendinopathy most commonly occurs in and around the ankle or heel. The condition in recent years is now considered to be a degenerative process, which may affect the approach of treatment. Fortunately, most patients understand their need for rest and relaxation whenever they experience discomfort, but some do not understand when their limits have been surpassed. This is when it pays off to learn about your treatment options for conservative and non-surgical treatment such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

Tendons of the foot and ankle are very strong and can withstand up to five times the person’s body weight, but sometimes these thick fibrous tissues can be subjected to significant stress and eventually lead to severe pain and injury. Tendinopathy of the foot and ankle may seem to happen suddenly, but it is the result of inflammation and numerous microtears that occur in the tendon over time. However, patients are more likely to encounter sudden injuries if the tendon has become significantly weakened by continuous stress and overuse.

Symptoms of Foot and Ankle Tendinopathy

Tendinopathy patients visit our foot and ankle facility reporting numerous symptoms, some which may not even be related to the tendons in the foot whatsoever. To help make it simpler to understand, common symptoms of foot and ankle tendinopathy may include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Loss of strength in the affected area

Patients who neglect these initial warning signs then continue to experience sharper pain, increased stiffness at night and during morning hours, redness and inflammation, and crunchy noises/sensations when the affected foot is in use.

Types of Tendinopathy

There are countless tendon problems that may occur in the foot and ankle. Many patients may lack experience or knowledge of all the types of tendinopathy. The following types of tendinopathy of the foot and ankle may occur:

  • Achilles tendinopathy – Pain and discomfort above the heel bone. Thickening, tenderness and stiffness may occur.
  • Insertional tendiopathy – Back of the heel bone becomes swollen and painful.
  • Tibialis posterior tendinopathy – Also known as adult flat foot. The tendon along the inner ankle bone fails to function effectively and flat foot develops.
  • Peroneal tendinopathy – Damage to the outer ankle tendons. Pain and instability typically occur.

Foot and Ankle Tendinopathy PRP Therapy

Typically patients undergo a series of evaluations and tests to determine their need for treatment of foot and ankle tendinopathy. However, patients should consider platelet rich plasma therapy if they have been diagnosed with a tendon injury. Conservative measures, such as anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and foot and ankle braces may not always provide relief for patients.

Most patients prefer a solid treatment that does not involve invasive surgery, which is why PRP therapy may be the best solution for relief of foot and ankle tendinopathy.

PRP therapy begins by removing a small amount of the patient’s own blood and specially treated to separate the platelets from the other blood cells. Once the separation of platelets is complete, they may be injected to the affected tendons. These platelets release substances known as growth factors, which promote the tissue regeneration process. By concentrating the platelets to the injured tendon, the growth factors are increased by as much as eight times the normal rate, which promotes healing of the tendon.

Consider Our PRP Therapy Specialist to Treat Foot and Ankle Tendinopathy

PRP therapy for foot and ankle tendinopathy is designed to promote long-term healing of the injured tendons. The process requires time and rehabilitation to allow complete regeneration of the affected tendons. Regular follow-up appointments will ensure that your foot and ankle care is making a safe recovery.

If you are dealing with foot and ankle stiffness, pain or lack of strength, then PRP therapy may be right for you. Get in touch with our Los Angeles office to learn more about PRP therapy and when you can rightfully return to normal physical activity.