By John Erotas
September 23, 2014
Category: heel pain
Suddenly you notice a very strange but intense pain in the back of your heel. You check your walking and touch it and notice that yes, this is something painful. Walking around all day, you notice too that you have this pain that just won’t go away. It may feel like heel pain or intense pain in the back of your ankle.
As a Sun City podiatrist and a Scottsdale podiatrist, I see this type of foot pain a lot. Usually, this is Achilles Tendinitis, where the achilles tendon in the back of the heel is strained from overuse. When the achilles tendon is overworked, it swells and causes intense pain making it hard to walk, run, and do normal activity.
â€¨The key to treating this injury is taking as much pressure off of the area as possible. This means a lot of rest as well as ice to bring down the swelling. Interestingly, most people find that if they rest for a few days, the pain tremendously decreases and they can go back to normal.
It is important to see a foot doctor in order to diagnose the problem. As a local Sun City foot doctor and Scottsdale foot doctor, I will first make sure that you do in fact have achilles tendonitis by taking an x-ray.
The next very important thing I will do for you is provide you custom orthotics. To prevent painful foot conditions, the feet must be comfortable. This means comfortable shoes and comfortable supports in your shoes. Most shoes have generic in soles that do not do your feet justice when you are on them for long hours.
Custom orthotics provide a great deal of support so that your feet are so much more comfortable than in regular shoes. We can also provide braces to help decrease pain. See a podiatrist that will make sure this issue does not get worse so you can eliminate the pain as fast as possible.
The American Foot and Ankle Specalists have two locations in Scottsdale and Sun City, AZ. Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas of the American Foot and Ankle Specialists have extensive experience treating Achilles Tendinitis. Call 480-483-9000 today and schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists!
By John Erotas