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Basketball Player back in the game after Plantar Fasciitis Treatment at Bryan

Stephanie Bode, an athlete and high school senior from Elgin, Neb., suffered from plantar fasciitis in both feet for several years. In the past, she played through the pain. However, that was becoming more difficult. Her grandmother read an article about Dr. Michael Budler, interventional radiologist with Advanced Radiology, and his success with a new procedure called the Tenex Technique being done at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln.  Stephanie and her father Ron decided to look into the new treatment.


“The Tenex Technique is minimally invasive and removes the source of the pain without disturbing the surrounding healthy tissue,” explains Dr. Budler. “It achieves the same goal as surgery, but is performed under local anesthesia, in a non-surgical setting, and has a much shorter recovery time. It treats plantar fasciitis and other chronic tendon pain like tennis elbow, golfers elbow, jumpers knee and Achilles tendonitis.”  

Stephanie and her father convinced Dr. Budler to perform the procedure on both feet at the same time, in hopes that Stephanie could participate in volleyball and basketball during her senior year. Stephanie would be the first patient to receive the procedure on both feet, on the same day.  


Although she was not able to play volleyball, she was cautiously released to play basketball. “What she did, and what she had to overcome, is nothing short of amazing,” stated her father Ron. “If practice was scheduled at 6 a.m., Stephanie was up at 5 a.m. to apply heat to her heels before going to school. After her game, she would apply heat again. She still had some pain due to the regimen she put her feet through to play basketball, but if it weren’t for the Tenex Technique, she would not have been able to play at all.”  


Thanks to Dr. Budler and the Tenex Technique, Stephanie scored her 1000th point during a regular season game. She was selected to the NVC All-Conference first team and made the Academic Allstate team. Stephanie is now busy applying to colleges to become a special education teacher. Someday she hopes to coach basketball.


Dr. Budler was the first interventional radiologist in the U.S. to perform the Tenex Technique. He and his partners Dr. Himmelberg and Dr. Allen have performed over 200 Tenex treatments. To learn more, visit bryanhealth.org/tendon-pain.  

To learn more, visit our Tenex Technique page here.


To schedule a consultation, call the Bryan Scheduling Center at 402-481-5121.

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