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Medical Breakthrough: Form of ultrasound being used to treat heel pain

1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago Monday, February 26 2024 Feb 26, 2024 February 26, 2024 1:34 PM February 26, 2024 in News

Heel pain is a pain that can stop you in your tracks, but there's a new treatment giving people some relief.

Now there's a new minimally invasive procedure that will help ease your pain and get you back out doing what you love.

Ara Miralles started running in college, eventually running marathons, half's and 10K's, but the wear and tear took its toll.

"It was just to the point where I had, sort of, had enough," Miralles said.

Pain in her Achilles Tendon forced Miralles to stop running. She tried physical therapy and PRP, but nothing helped.

"Her tendon was so inflamed and swollen and painful that you could see it from across the room. It was red and swollen," University of California - San Diego Sports Medicine Specialist Ken Taylor said.

Taylor uses Percutaneous Ultrasound Tenohtomy, or PUT, to break down the diseased tendon.

"We're basically taking this needle, and we're sticking it into the disease part of the tendon," Taylor said.

Increasing the blood flow to the tendon, allowing the body to rebuild itself naturally without surgery, PUT can be done at the doctor's office, reducing the time for the procedure as well as costs.

With traditional surgery, it takes patients at least six months to recover, with PUT, they can be up and running in six weeks.

"To see it actually look normal again in such a short period of time in a marathon runner, I think, is pretty amazing," Taylor said.

Miralles was back running six weeks after the procedure. Eight months later, she completed the Boston Marathon in three hours and 43 minutes.

Taylor says Pickleball players are also feeling the benefits of PUT.

This procedure can also be used for shoulders, hips and hamstrings, as well as Tennis and Golfer's elbow, jumper's knee, bone spurs and plantar fasciitis.

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