New Minimally Invasive Treatment Option For Heel Pain

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Dr. Steven Gordon, Dr. Shaun Hafner, and Dr. Nancy Han

Reston, Manassas and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers

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Reston, manassas and leesburg foot and ankle centers offer patients a new MINIMALLY INVASIVE treatment option for heel pain and tendon-related injuries USING TENEX Health TX

Dr. Steven Gordon, Dr. Shaun Hafner and Dr. Nancy Han of Reston, Manassas and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers announce the offering of a new advanced treatment that quickly and safely treats the most common source of heel pain. Based on technology developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, TENEX Health TX™ is a minimally invasive treatment option for ligament, tendon and soft tissue injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.

“I am extremely pleased with the results I am seeing in my heel pain patients who have been treated with TENEX Health TX,” says Dr. Gordon. “They have reported experiencing a nearly painless treatment, a quick recovery, and lasting pain relief.”  

TENEX Health TX is performed using a local anesthetic to numb the area—patients are awake and alert the entire time. During the treatment, sophisticated ultrasound imaging is used to identify the location of the damaged soft tissue. Once located, a small MicroTip™ is inserted into the damaged plantar fascia ligament. The instrument delivers ultrasonic energy specifically designed to cut, break down, and remove damaged tissue safely and quickly, without disturbing the surrounding healthy ligament or tendon tissue.

“In the past, there were few good minimally invasive solutions for ligament and tendon-related injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis that did not respond to traditional conservative treatments,” says Dr. Hafner. “By using the TENEX Health TX System, I am able to intervene earlier in my patients’ care, change the nature of the disease, and get them back to their daily activities more quickly.”

Currently, over 10 million people in the United States suffer from severe pain due to damaged ligament and tendon tissue, which limits their range of motion and keeps them from living an active life. Common treatment options such as rest, pain medication, cortisone injections, or physical therapy address the pain but often not the damaged plantar fascia ligament, a major source of heel pain. While an open surgical procedure removes the damaged tissue, it carries the risk of invasive procedures, including damage to the surrounding healthy tissue and a lengthy recovery time with restricted activity.

Unlike conventional treatment methods, TENEX Health TX replicates the goal of an open surgical procedure by removing the damaged tissue, but in a minimally invasive manner. The procedure usually takes 20 minutes or less, requires only a small adhesive bandage to close the micro-incision, and offers quick recovery time for patients, usually within 6 weeks or less.

“I am excited about being able to provide the most technologically advanced treatment option for resistant heel pan due to plantar fasciitis here in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, Virginia, that will truly benefit my patients,” says Dr. Han. ‘It is profoundly rewarding to see them really enjoying their lives—without pain. TENEX Health TX has made a world of difference, especially for my patients with resistant heel pain.”

 

To learn more about the use of TENEX Health TX in procedures medically known as Percutaneous Tenotomy and Percutaneous Fasciotomy, contact Dr. Gordon, Dr. Hafner or Dr. Han at our Reston, Manassas and Leesburg office locations, or visit our website: www.FootVA.com

About Dr. Steven Gordon;

Dr. Steven A. Gordon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, and received his doctorate degree from Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1991. He completed his residency in Reconstructive Surgery of the Foot and Ankle as well as Postgraduate Training/Fellowship in Lower Extremity Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the Northern Virginia Podiatric Residency Program in 1994.  In addition to sponsorship by the Medical College of Virginia, this comprehensive surgical residency involved training at multiple affiliated hospitals including Georgetown University Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Dr. Gordon is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He currently serves as chairman of the podiatric surgery section of Reston Surgery Center, where he sits on the Medical Executive Committee. In addition, Dr. Gordon serves as a member of the Infection Control Committee at Reston Hospital Center.  He is continually involved with training surgical residents at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center Podiatric Surgical Residency Program, and serves as the liaison for the Residency Program at the Reston Surgery Center.

Dr. Gordon’s special interests include reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and all aspects of medical and surgical management of the diabetic foot. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Virginia Podiatric Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association's Foot Council, and regularly participates in the Novant Health Prince William Medical Center's Diabetes support group meeting and annual Diabetes Fairs. In 2015, Dr. Gordon had the distinction of being named one of Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top Doctors.  Dr. Gordon is currently on the staff of Reston Hospital Center, Reston Surgery Center, Novant Health Prince William Medical Center and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

He enjoys traveling, skiing, fishing, and tennis, and is an avid fan of the Washington Capitals and Nationals.  His greatest enjoyment comes from spending time with his wife and three children and their many sporting activities, including ice hockey, field hockey, soccer, basketball and lacrosse. 

About Dr. Shaun Hafner;

Dr. Shaun C. Hafner was raised in New York State's Hudson Valley. As a young man he obtained the Eagle Scout award. He attended Potsdam College where he played on the collegiate soccer team and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry. He obtained his doctorate from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Hafner completed intense three year residency training in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the Yale - New Haven Medical Center, the primary teaching hospital of the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. He served as Chief Resident and was recognized for his academic achievements. Dr. Hafner has been published on his original research on the Etiology of Recalcitrant Plantar Heel Pain and his review of Emerging Techniques in Revascularization for the Lower Extremity.

His comprehensive surgical residency training at Yale-New Haven Medical Center has given him an abundance of experience in elective, reconstructive and trauma procedures of the foot and ankle. Dr. Hafner's training included plastic surgery techniques as well as a multidisciplinary approach toward complex lower extremity deformities. Dr Hafner is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.  He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Virginia Podiatric Medical Association, and is on staff at Novant Health Prince William Medical Center, Reston Hospital Center, Reston Surgery Center and Inova Loudoun Hospital. In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Hafner had the distinction of being named one of Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top Doctors.

In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, golf, soccer and taking long walks with his family. For several years, he and his family are proud to call Northern Virginia their home.

 

About Dr. Nancy Han;

 Dr. Nancy Han received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ.  She earned her doctorate degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine where she held academic honors and was a recipient of several scholarships. Dr. Han also actively participated in extra-curricular activities and held numerous leadership roles. She completed her residency training at Yale - New Haven Medical Center, the primary teaching hospital of the Yale School of Medicine, where she received training in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.  During this time, Dr. Han published several research articles in prestigious journals such as The Journal of Foot and Ankle surgery.  Additionally, she has completed courses in AO fixation and foot/ankle arthroscopy.

Dr. Han specializes in both conservative and surgical care of all foot and ankle conditions that range from pediatric to geriatric care, including wound care and sports medicine. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and is an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Han is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and Virginia Podiatric Medical Association, and is on staff of the Reston Surgery Center and Inova Loudoun Hospital.  Dr. Han is excited to be part of the Reston, Manassas and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers, and to continue to provide dedicated care to her patients. 

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