Treatment For Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles Tendinitis is a common injury among runners or people who have suddenly increased the intensity of their lifestyle and exercise. This problem stems from an overuse of the Achilles Tendon, which is located at the back of one’s Ankle. If you are experiencing pain in this area and can feel pain at the thick band behind the ankle, you are most likely suffering from Achilles Tendinitis.
Achilles Tendinitis can be treated simply under the care of a podiatrist with the right strategies that provide the foot with extra support. Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis usually begin as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel. If you experience persistent pain, it is time to see a podiatrist. Failing to treat this injury quickly can lead to an Achilles Tendon rupture, which is a severe condition requiring surgery.
At first, there are few strategies that you must implement to both diminish Achilles pain and prevent the condition from becoming worse. Immediately stop the activities which seem to instigate pain. Also, ice the area to decrease inflammation, which will also speed up the recovery of the injury.
The next step is to wear proper foot support. This includes only shoes that support your movements. Many of my patients wear high heels or tight dress shoes for work. This type of footwear does not support your foot shape leading to foot pain and inflammation. I have other patients that stand on their feet all day which increases foot pain and inflammation.
Customs Orthotics For Foot Pain
Orthotic devices which are shoe inserts that fit specifically to your feet are crucial to recovery. Generic in soles that come in every shoe do not support the individual foot. People have feet of all different shapes and sizes.
At our office, a podiatrist will custom mold an orthotic for you that guarantees the maximum amount of support while you are on your feet. In most cases, a custom orthotic alone will tremendously decrease the amount of pain you feel and is a step in the right direction.
Tight muscles are also a cause of continued Achilles pain. The achilles tendon and the surrounding calf muscles contract when injured causing tightness that only adds to problem of the Achilles Tendonitis. Specific calf stretches that target the achilles tendon will have a tremendous impact on helping you heel from Achilles Tendinitis.
In order to recover from this injury, you need the right advice. As a podiatrist with decades of experience and after treating thousands of patients, I will help you figure out the cause of your problem and not only help you relieve this pain but also help you prevent this problem from happening in the future.
At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists will help you solve this annoying problem and get you back to a life free of Achilles Tendon pain.
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By Michael Stegman