Do You Have Achilles Tendinitis?





Treating Pain At The Back Of The Ankle 


Achilles Tendinitis is a terrible pain that develops at the back of one’s heel.  It is a common foot condition that can cause disability for weeks.  The trick to repairing such an injury is to seek out treatment immediately beginning the process of healing as soon as possible. 


The Achilles Tendon is the largest tendon in the body and connects the calf muscle to the heel.  Directly relating to the movement of the foot, when introduced to new and intense activity, the achilles tendon can become swollen leading to achilles tendinitis and pain.  Achilles tendinitis may also be caused by tight calf muscles as well as not just new activity, but prolonged intense activities such as running and jumping a lot.  


Avoid An Achilles Rupture


One of the main reasons to seek out treatment right away is that as achilles tendinitis progresses, there is a greater chance that it can rupture.  Once ruptured, not only is the patient completely disabled and in tremendous pain, but surgery will be necessary to repair the tendon.  See one of our podiatrists at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists and we can prevent such a disastrous injury from ever happening. 


Most Achilles Tendinitis patients can be treated without surgery.  The first thing you want to do is make sure you get off of your feet whenever you feel pain.  Rest is the key to healing this injury.  Also, icing 2-3 times per day for 20 minutes reduces the inflammation that is leading to the achilles tendinitis.  


If you want to still exercise while having this injury, you can switch to a less impactful exercise or sport such as swimming or biking.  


Foot Advice For Foot Pain


In order to accelerate the healing process, it is important that you treat your feet with the utmost care providing a comfortable environment for the tendon to heel.  This includes wearing prescription orthotics that match your walking pattern, wearing comfortable shoes, and avoiding uncomfortable shoes like high-heels or dress shoes.  


Our office can provide you with special shoes to support the foot as well as prescription orthotics that are proven to reduce foot pain while walking or standing.  Heel lifts are also proven to help remove the pain of achilles tendinitis.  


Schedule Your Consultation Now!


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have locations in Sun City and Scottsdale, AZ.  If you are experiencing pain at the back of your ankle, it is time to see one of our podiatrists and begin treatment.  


Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas have helped patients eliminate achilles tendinitis for over twenty years.  Patients return to us because our practice is singularly focused on helping patients cure foot pain. 

Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation with one of our podiatrists today!


By John Erotas