Achilles tendonitis is inflammation and swelling of one of the most crucial tendons in your entire body, the Achilles tendon that connects your heel to your calf. Although your Achilles tendon is the strongest (and also the biggest) tendon in your entire body, it can still be vulnerable to damage when overstretched.
If you have Achilles tendonitis, you may experience severe pain, swelling, and even difficulty standing or walking if you don't address the problem promptly.
Achilles tendonitis is typically related to overuse. It can be common in athletes, such as runners who suddenly ramp up daily mileage or start running on new terrain. But, Achilles tendonitis can also develop even if you never exercise at all, especially if your feet roll inward when you walk, a condition called overpronation.
Heel bone deformities can also lead to Achilles tendonitis, as can having a naturally short Achilles tendon.
In general, the sooner the better. Achilles tendonitis tends to get worse without treatment. If you continue with your regular routine, you run a serious risk of complications like an Achilles tendon tear or even rupture that could leave you unable to bear any pressure on your foot.
If you see your Foot + Ankle Specialty Centers podiatrist while the problem is still limited to inflammation, you can enjoy the safest and most effective recovery possible.
Achilles tendonitis treatment at Foot + Ankle Specialty Centers relieves your pain while helping you fully heal. Treatment may include:
Other noninvasive treatments may also help; your Foot + Ankle Specialty Centers podiatrist will design the individualized recovery plan that helps you best.
If your Achilles tendonitis persists or worsens into a severe tear or rupture, you may require surgery to repair the damaged portion of your tendon. Following surgery, your podiatrist typically recommends physical therapy to help you quickly recover your full strength and mobility.
Achilles tendonitis doesn't have to keep you from enjoying your life if you ask for help. Click the online scheduler or call the Foot + Ankle Specialty Centers office near you to make an appointment now.