New FDA Safety Warning for Fluoroquinolones Use May Affect Tendons in the foot.

tendonitisNew FDA Safety Warning for Fluoroquinolones
Use May Affect Tendons in the foot.

Recently the US Food and Drug Administration changed the safety labeling for a group of commonly used antibiotics called Fluoroquinolones. Most people know them as Cipro and Levaquin. The FDA is warning people of the potential side effects involving tendons, muscles, joints, and nerves problems. It has long been known by healthcare professionals that use of fluroquinolones may place people at an increased risk of tendon ruptures. This is particularly important if you suffer from long term tendonitis. Chronic tendonitis may leave a tendon with a lot of degenerative changes, placing you at an increased risk for tendon rupture. The Achilles tendon which attaches to the back of the heel is particularly at risk. blood cell types

tendonitis2Tendonitis can also occur from trauma or overuse. The tendon can become aggravated and inflamed leading to pain. Initially, care has traditionally included stretching exercises, icing, oral anti-inflammatory medications, injections, bracing, physical therapy and supportive shoes with inserts. Fortunately, revolutionary state of the art regenerative injection therapy is available in Highlands County for painful tendonitis. Donated umbilical cord is processed and preserved in the laboratory. This injection is full of growth factors which promote the bodies ability to repair itself. It is injected directly into the tendon. Recovery time is typically minimal with a short period using a walking boot. In most instances, surgery may even be avoided. Unfortunately in the tragic event the tendon is completely ruptured it will require surgery putting the tendon back together. If you have taken one of these antibiotics and have developed pain at the Achilles’ tendon tell your podiatrist immediately.
Dr. Olga Garcia Luepschen and the Gentle Foot Care Center are located on US 27. For more information visit or call 863-314-9255.

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