The Achilles heel may be one of the strongest tendons in the body, but it’s often subject to injuries. This is likely because it plays an important role in every foot or ankle movement. The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle to the heel, but we often don’t pay much attention to it until we feel the dreaded pain and discomfort of Achilles tendonitis. This condition can affect people of all ages and physical conditions and may be difficult to treat without the help of a podiatrist. Let’s take a closer look.
What Causes Achilles Tendonitis?
- Overstretching or pulling the tendon, usually while sprinting or jumping
- Changing your exercise routine strength, speed, or time without preparation
- Not stretching and warming up before exercising
- Wearing poorly fitted shoes
- Engaging in intense physical activity after a long period of inactivity
How Can You Tell If You Have Achilles Tendonitis?
- Pain behind your heel that doesn’t go away
- Swelling in your lower calf
- Pain, stiffness, or tenderness, particularly when standing up or walking around in the morning
How Can You Treat Achilles Tendonitis?
- RICE: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation! This is the best at-home treatment for foot or ankle injuries.
- Physical therapy: If it hasn’t already been recommended, ask your podiatrist about physical therapy exercises and stretches.
- Custom orthotic inserts: Not only do they help with a variety of foot and ankle conditions, but they’re also great for healing Achilles tendonitis.
- Limit your activity: If it hurts, stop exercising and take a break until you heal your injury.
- Surgery: Surgery may be necessary for a severely damaged or torn Achilles tendon.
Still experiencing pain and discomfort? Call our office today. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.