Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. It causes pain along the back of the leg, normally near the heel.
Achilles Tendinitis commonly occurs in runners, middle aged people who play sports, such as tennis or basketball. The repetitive stress to the tendon is the problem. Achilles tendinitis can weaken the tendon, making it vulnerable to a tear which is a painful injury that usually requires surgical repair.
The main form of treatment for Achilles Tendinitis is usually physical therapy with some mild exercising and stretching to be completed at home as well. Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia normally prescribe orthotics, shoe inserts that help maintain support for your feet and help with the Achilles Tendinitis.
Other tips that help with Achilles Tendinitis:
Rest – Always reduce or stop the activities that make the pain worse. Biking and swimming are low-impact activities that help you stay active while putting less stress the Achilles tendon.
Compression – Compression wraps can be used to reduce swelling and movement to the tendon.
Ice – Put ice on the most painful areas to reduce pain. This can be done multiple times a day up to 20 minute at a time.
Anti-Inflammatory Medication – Ibuprofen and naproxen reduce pain and swelling but do not fix the problem. Always discuss changes with your doctor.
Prevention is not always possible but these are some risk reducing steps:
Stretching – Stretch each day before and after exercise, this helps your body maintain flexibility.
Shoes – Make sure you choose shoes that support your foot and ankle.
Increase Activity gradually – Start exercise programs slowly and gradually, increase duration and intensity slowly.
Cross- train – Alternate high impact activities with low impact activities to reduce stress when exercising.
Seeking Treatment for Achilles Tendinitis
If you are experiencing any form of heel or leg pain, particularly if the symptoms resemble those of Achilles Tendinitis, are perpetual and/or seem to be intensifying, you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Our professional podiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Achilles Tendinitis and their underlying causes. We will assess your situation and discuss your treatment options with you to promptly set you on the path to recovery.
Keeping You A Step Ahead
To learn more about Achilles Tendinitis and other forms of heel pain, please contact Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia by dialing 404-351-5015 or Contact Us. You will then be able to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.