Achilles Tendon Pain | Achilles Tendonitis Surgery| Achilles Tendonitis Treatment

Achilles Tendon Pain | Achilles Tendonitis Surgery| Achilles Tendonitis Treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis

In cases of chronic achilles tendonitis that is not responding to conservative care, a great in-office option is platelet rich plasma injection. The idea of platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection is to allow the growth factors in the blood to be used to cause an inflammation process in the injured tissue to allow an increase in the healing response of the body. The blood is drawn and spun down. Under ultrasound guidance and local anesthesia in the office, the injection of the PRP is placed in the damaged tissue. This allows an increased growth factor release in the area that sparks the healing process.

Drawing patient's blood
Platelet rich plasma
Centrifuging patient's blood

Surgical Treatment of Achilles Tendonitis

Surgical care of Achilles tendonitis is rare. In a majority of cases the pain can be handled with conservative measures. In a small number of cases the gastrocnemius muscle is found to be very tight and as the Achilles gets stretched it gets irritated and swollen. It may be necessary is prolonged cases of Achilles tendon pain to perform a lengthening of the gastrocnemius muscle to decrease stress on the Achilles complex.


University Foot and Ankle Institute has customized protocols for the treatment of Achilles tendonitis. Through our extensive research and constant stream of publications, we have designed custom care packages to treat the elite athlete, weekend warrior or average walker with Achilles symptoms. By combining support, therapy and possible injection care, most cases of Achilles tendonitis can be treated without the need for down time or surgery.

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