Achilles tendinitis is a common foot condition located at the back of the ankle whereby the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel is inflamed. This tendon feels like a thick string at the back of your ankle and the inflammation, without treatment, can result is terrible pain.
For athlete’s and those very active on their feet, achilles tendinitis is more common because the tendon gets overworked, overwhelmed, and the result from this stress is swelling. Achilles tendinitis may begin with mild pain and increase in severity if one does not apply treatment and rest.
- Morning tenderness
- Recurring localized pain at the tendon ranging from mild to severe
- Mild or severe swelling
- Stiffness in the back of the ankle
While achilles tendinitis may be common, it is also easily treatable by taking the right steps. We want to simultaneously relieve the pressure and stress of the achilles tendinitis while taking actions to reduce the swelling and pain.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide great walking support. Stay away from uncomfortable dress shoes for now until the pain dissipates.
- Get a pair of prescription orthotics from a podiatrist. The insoles that come with one’s shoes is a generic insole made for the masses. By having an orthotic that is fit specifically for your feet alone, you are giving your feet an environment of maximum support. Future foot problems can often be prevented by providing a comfortable environment for your feet when walking. Prescription orthotics are great for relieving foot pain as well.
- Rest and ice help to relieve pain and swelling.
- Your podiatrist may prescribe a bandage that restricts motion of the tendon in order to relieve stresses on this tendon.
- Your podiatrist may recommend non-steriodal anti-inflammatory medication.
- Stretching and exercise can strengthen weak muscle groups around the tendon that provide support and stretching such as a calf stretch will increase flexibility of the tendon and decrease the tightness of the tendon. Please consult a doctor or physical therapist about proper stretching exercises you can do and if you feel sharp pain while stretching or exercising, immediately stop.
Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas of the American Foot and Ankle Specialists are podiatrists in the Sun City and Scottsdale areas that help patients eliminate the foot pain and condition of Achilles Tendinitis. This problem is treatable but will become worse if not treated immediately. Please set up a consultation with either Dr. Stegman or Dr. Erotas today!
Call 480-483-9000 today and set up a consultation! Same and next day appointments are often available.
By John Erotas