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January 6, 2009

Torn Tendon In Foot

Torn tendons in foot are a common cause of pain and disability.

The Achilles tendon is a frequently torn tendon in foot.

The Achilles tendon is a thick band of fibrous tissue that connects the gastrocnemius muscle to the heel bone. It is the largest tendon in the human body. Contraction of the gastrocnemius muscle tighens the Achilles tendon thereby pulling the heel up. This allows you to point your foot and stand on your tiptoes.


The Achilles tendon can weaken and become thin with age and lack of use which predisposes it to inflammation, tears or rupture. Disease states such as arthritis and diabetes along with medications including steroids can also weaken the tendon . The FDA has issued a warning about an increased risk of tendon tear and rupture with flouroquinolone antibiotics (such as Avalox, Cipro, Factive, Floxin, Levaquin, Noroxin and Proquin XR). Tendon inflammation (tendonitis) can arise from tendon injury or overuse and lead to a tear or rupture.

Treatment options typically are surgical which involve the inherent risks of surgery, anesthesia and the extensive and often painful rehabilitation. The surgery involves reattaching the torn or ruptured ends together which can result in a shortened tendon. Shortening of the tendon can significantly changes the bio mechanics of a patient thereby giving rise to other problems including ankle, knee and hip pain.


A novel concelpt is now available in which stem cells are utilized to repair the torn tendon in foot. Regenexx allows a patient to use their own stem cells to repair torn or damaged tendons and ligaments. No surgery or anesthesia is required. The procedure is a simple needle in, needle out process utilizing x-ray to accurately place the stem cells in the area of damage. Please click on the video to review one of our patients success using Regenexx stem cell therapy.

January 5, 2009

Torn Tendon in Foot

Torn foot tendons are a common injury.

Torn foot tendons typically involves one of three tendons: the Achilles’ tendon, posterior tibial tendon, or peroneal tendon.

The peroneal tendon is located on the outer side of the ankle and functions to stabilize the ankle.

The peroneal tendon and muscle pass together through a groove in the outside ankle bone (lateral malleolus). Contraction of the peroneal tendon and muscle results in the foot pointing downward and outward.
Injury to the peroneal tendon typically occurs as a result of a previous ankle sprain.
Patients often complain of pain along the course of the peroneal tendon. They may also complain of snapping or popping on the outer edge of the ankle


Evaluation includes x-rays to exclude fracture. An MRI will demonstrate if a tear in a foot tendon is present.

If a torn peroneal tendon is noted, surgery is often recommended. The surgery involves an incision through which the tendon and muscles are manipulated to allow for the ‘repair’ to be accomplished. This involves the inherent risks of surgery and anesthesia along with a lengthy and painful rehabilitation.


Regenexx affords patients an alternative to surgery for torn tendons in foot. Utilizing your own stem cells a torn peroneal tendon or muscle can be regenerated. There is no need for surgery or anesthesia since this is a simple needle in, needle out procedure.

Please review this video to learn more about the success of Regenexx stem cell therapy for a torn tendon or ligament.

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