Welcome. I’m Dr Cindy Oberholtzer-Classen (my patients call me Dr. O). I’m the founder and owner of Podiatry Associates.
A good majority of our patients with heel pain will have complete resolution of their pain with conservative treatment. However, if you are one of the 3 to 5% percent of patients whose plantar fasciitis pain does not respond to conservative treatment – I have some good news for you.
The Tenex Procedure is a new state of the art minimally invasive surgical procedure for unresponsive plantar fascial pain. Plantar Fascial pain is caused by buildup of scar tissue. The Tenex wand is used to remove this scar tissue. While some patients can have the procedure done under local anesthetic, I find that it is best for the majority of my patients to have the procedure done under IV sedation. This procedure is performed in a surgery center or hospital and it is covered by some insurances.
The Tenex Procedure involves identification of damaged scar tissue under Ultrasound imaging. Ultrasonic energy is then used to safely breakdown and remove the damaged tissue. This procedure only requires a small incision to reach the damaged tissue. Because the incision is so small and the because the procedure treats only the damaged fascial tissue, the surrounding healthy tissue is left unharmed.
The entire Tenex Procedure is minimally invasive only takes about 20 minutes to perform. I have found that recovery time is rapid with many patients being back to normal activities in 4 weeks versus a 3 to 6 month recovery time with the traditional plantar fasciotomy.
If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis pain and need to have it evaluated or have tried conventional healing and still have not received adequate relief, please contact us at Podiatry Associates today to setup an appointment to determine whether you are a candidate for the Texex procedure.