Celebrity athletes – they’re just like us! Well, in some ways. Even with their glamorous high-profile lifestyles, famous athletes can be sidelined by everyday ailments just like all of us. Here are 3 recognizable names that have dealt with the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
Quarterback Eli Manning was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in 2009. With rest and rehabilitation, Eli is still in the game today.
Way back in 2001, Shaquille O’Neal, an NBA MVP, missed that year’s All-Star game due to a strained foot. Shaq’s size 21 shoe took quite a beating on the hardwoods, but again, with time and rehab, was able to maintain his game for another 10 years before retiring in 2011.
Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls continued to play despite the pain through the NBA playoffs in 2013, but admitted “It feels like you have needles underneath your feet while you’re playing.”
At VCU Health at Baird Vascular Institute, we’ve been helping patients overcome the pain and frustration of plantar fasciitis with a non-invasive procedure called image-guided tendon treatment. Whether you’re a famous athlete, or an infamous slow jogger, we can help relieve the pain and get you back to the top of your game.
We talked to Colleen Mescall in November of 2015 about her recent image guided tendon treatment to relieve her foot pain. You may remember this video.
We recently caught up with Colleen to ask her how she’s doing today, and how the treatment has made a difference in her life.
How has your activity level changed since having image guided tendon treatment at VCU Health at Baird Vascular Institute? Before, my feet hurt all the time – walking, standing, or getting up from sitting they hurt; I did not really like to walk or stand for a long period, but now I can take walks, go sightseeing ,etc. without having pain or discomfort.
How long did it take you to feel fully recovered? Within 6 months of having both feet done, I noticed I could get out of bed in the morning without the painful first few steps, and now, when walking for long periods, I no longer have any discomfort.
How has your life changed since having the treatment? I am more inclined to go for walks or stand when I teach a class, I have joined a gym and take classes and I can wear heels again (that’s one of the best parts).
Would you have the surgery again if needed? I hope to not have it again, but if I had to do it again I most definitely would.
Would you recommend this treatment to others? Absolutely! And I have recommended it to others.
We’re so glad that Colleen is back in her cute shoes and feeling fantastic. You may be wondering, “Is image-guided treatment right for me?” If you answer yes to these questions, it may be time to discuss our image-guided tendon treatment.
- Have you given up any activities due to tendon pain?
- Have you been suffering for three months or longer?
- Have you taken multiple steps to get rid of your pain without lasting success?
- Are you tired of masking the pain or enduring it rather than treating it at the source?
Call us at (804) 828-2600 to discuss whether image-guided treatment is the right option for you.
Image guided tendon treatment is a minimally invasive method to identify and remove pain generating scar tissue from tendons which can occur due to various musculoskeletal conditions such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. The doctor uses ultrasound imaging, just like the kind used to see babies in the womb, to visualize and identify the specific location of the damaged tendon tissue.
Once the source of your tendon pain is identified, your doctor numbs the area with a local anesthetic, allowing you to stay awake the entire time. Many people say after the numbing process—which feels like a bee sting—they felt only a slight pressure during the procedure (if they felt anything at all). Your doctor then uses gentle ultrasonic energy designed to safely breakdown and remove the damaged tissue. Because the incision is so small and the ultrasonic energy precisely treats only the damaged tendon tissue, the surrounding healthy tissue is left unharmed.
When the procedure is completed, the doctor applies a small adhesive bandage – no stitches are required. Because you are awake during the procedure, many people are able to drive home immediately following the procedure.
With image guided tendon treatment, recovery is rapid and many people are back to normal life within 6 weeks or less. Because the surrounding healthy tissue is not disturbed, and no stitches or general anesthesia is required, there is minimal downtime and less discomfort compared to open surgery.
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Image guided tendon treatment is a minimally invasive method to identify and remove pain generating scar tissue from tendons which can occur due to various musculoskeletal conditions such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia to numb the affected area. An instrument the size of a toothpick is inserted into the affected area under ultrasound guidance. This allows for accurate placement of the device to reach the affected tissue. The tip releases ultrasonic energy, which breaks and emulsifies the scar tissue, which is then aspirated or removed by suction. It takes about 15 minutes and the tiny opening is covered with an adhesive bandage with no sutures required.
Treating plantar fasciitis with image guided tendon treatment enables doctors to provide a rapid and precise option for removing pathologic soft tissue without an open surgical procedure.
You will be required to wear a “walking boot” for two weeks after the intervention and you should be able to return to normal activities in approximately a month. Recovery from conventional treatment can take a few years and restrict your activities during this time. Image guided tendon treatment is also safer when compared to open surgery through an incision.