Tendon Pain Treatment & Repair

FAST Tendon RepairWhat is a Tendon?

A tendon is a strong, yet flexible band of tissue thatconnects muscle to the bones in your joints. Tendons and muscles work together to create a pulling force that enables you to move your joints. This allows you to bend, walk, jump, and move in many different ways.

A healthy tendon makes this motion easy and pain free. When tendons are damaged, movement in a joint, such as the knee, can be very painful and limit your range of motion.

What Causes Tendon Pain?

The tendon pain you may be feeling in the knee, Achilles, or foot is caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Trauma Damage to the tendon from a hit, twist, or pull on the joint
  • Repetitive motion Damage to the tendon from overuse in work, exercise, or activity

In each of these situations, the tendon tissue breaks down and eventually forms a scar. This scarred and damaged tendon will cause pain. You may recognize a few of the common names for pain

Eventually, scar tissue in the tendon will limit your ability to move the joint and do the activities that you need or like to do. If you don’t treat the damaged tendon, the pain in your joint will likely become worse over time.

Damaged or scarred tendons cause pain and limit the range of motion, which will worsen over time if left untreated.

What are my Treatment Options?

Until recently, the options for treating tendon pain were rest, physical therapy, medications, or an open surgical procedure. Limited to these treatment options, it could take months or years to recover and get back to daily activities.

Now, there is a new treatment option designed to remove the source of tendon pain. The innovative FAST TechniqueFasciotomy and Surgical Tenotomy—is based on advanced technology developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. FAST is a minimally invasive treatment designed to remove tendon scar tissue, allowing you to return to your active lifestyle.

Remember, only your foot doctor can recommend the best treatment for your tendon pain. Consult with your podiatrist to discuss your options.

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