The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, and connects the calf muscle to your heel bone. As you may have been incorrectly lead to believe, it’s not just marathon runners or hard-core athletes that are susceptible to this type of injury, but people of all ages, whether active or not. It’s very important to have your Achilles tendon pain properly evaluated and treated by your foot doctor to prevent a complete tendon rupture from really ruining your day.
Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis
Pay attention to the following symptoms, because continuing to strain your Achilles tendon while it is injured can cause it to rupture requiring surgical repair:
- Stiffness and pain in the heel area and calf muscle, particularly after a period of rest
- Back of the heel pain that gets worse with exercise
- A hard bump protruding from the back of the heel, known as a bone spur
- Inflammation on the back of the heel or calf that worsens during exercise
Treatment of Achilles Tendinitis
When identified early enough, most onsets of Achilles tendonitis can be effectively treated with non-surgical interventions by your foot doctor. These methods include:
- Stop doing activities that make the symptoms worse.
- Relieve pain and inflammation by applying ice to the heel for about 15 minutes, several times a day.
- Calf Stretching. Gentle, specific stretching exercises of the calf muscle can help heal the tendon.
- Shoes and Inserts. In some cases, your podiatrist can recommend special shoes and/or inserts that raise the heel up, giving the tendon a chance to recover.
If relief isn’t achieved after a few months of conservative treatments, it may be necessary to discuss a surgical solution with your foot doctor in order to repair the tendon or to excise a bone spur.
The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).