Achilles Tendinitis Podiatry Treatment

Recover From Achilles Tendinitis


Are you experiencing pain at the back of your ankle?  The Achilles Tendon attaches the heel bone to the calf muscle.  Many runners and middle-aged people get achilles tendinitis who only play sports on the weekends.  This is because a sudden increase in activity can trigger achilles tendinitis.  


Achilles tendinitis usually begins as a mild ache just above the heel after running or another sports activity.  Without treatment, episodes of more-severe pain may occur while sprinting or pro-longed running.  Patients with achilles tendinitis often experience tenderness or stiffness in the morning.  If you are experiencing persistent pain, it is time to see a foot doctor at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.


The goal is not only to heal achilles tendinitis but also to prevent a rupture.  If you have severe pain and disability, you may have a rupture.  Our goal is to heal your achilles tendinitis before it ruptures as a rupture is a much more severe injury and often requires surgery.  


Achilles Tendinitis is caused by repetitive strain to the achilles tendon, which damages cell tissue.  This can occur due to a sudden increase in activity but also because tight muscles and improper footwear have created an environment where an Achilles Tendon injury is likely.  


Changing Footwear


The podiatrist that you see at our office will make sure you are wearing appropriate shoes for your lifestyle and foot type, which will likely help prevent future injury.  Many of our patients benefit from custom made orthotics that provide their feet maximum support while walking and exercising.  People with flat feet and high-arched feet particularly benefit from custom, podiatrist-made orthotics.  


Different stretching and strengthening exercises will promote the healing of the achilles tendon as well as orthotic devices and the right footwear for your feet.  Though conservative treatments normally work, if months have gone by or your tendon has a tear, you may need surgery.  


Achilles tendinitis usually disappears after a few weeks of stretching, strengthening, and proper footwear.  Just be careful and you will likely be healed within weeks.  Again, the greatest risk of Achilles Tendinitis is tear, which will require many months of rehabilitation and often surgery.  If you can avoid this fate, then achilles tendinitis is nothing to be worried about. 


Our foot doctors have decades of experience treating achilles tendinitis not only healing tissue damage but ensuring this injury is unlikely to return. 

American Foot & Ankle Specialists

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