Achilles‘ tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes painful and inflamed from repetitive activities such as jogging, competitive sports, and physically stressful work environments. All the stress and overuse eventually takes a toll and requires modification or cessation of the activity until the symptoms decrease.
One of the main causes of a sudden injury to the tendon comes from intensifying a particular exercise or sporting activity too rapidly without the proper warming up and cooling down exercises. You may actually hear a loud popping sound as the tendon gives way and you find yourself rolling on the floor in agony. This type of severe injury will probably require surgery to repair.
7 treatments for Achilles tendonitis include:
- Resting the affected foot
- Alleviate swelling and pain with cold compresses and ibuprofen
- Compression and elevation will help to reduce swelling and pain
- Do physical therapy exercises and stretches for the heel and calf muscles
- Custom-made orthotic inserts are a great way to treat heel pain
- Low-impact activities such as cycling and swimming will reduce stress on the tendon
- A torn Achilles tendon may require surgery
Always pay attention to the initial symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury and stop the activity that is causing the pain and discomfort. Trying to play through the pain will only make matters worse.
If you are experiencing heel pain from tendonitis, make an appointment with your foot doctor today. 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 all 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 (718)-657-8921.