Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
Podiatrists located in Edison, Monroe, & Monmouth Junction, NJ
Achilles tendonitis is a common problem for both athletes and nonathletic men and women. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis, you typically have discomfort and pain, and eventually, you might not be able to use your foot normally at all. The podiatry team at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care in Edison, Monroe, and Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, treats Achilles tendonitis, Achilles tendon rupture, and other serious foot and ankle problems to help you get back on your feet. Book an appointment online or by phone today.
Achilles Tendonitis Q & A
What is Achilles tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis is an injury affecting the Achilles tendon, which extends from the bottom of your calf to your heel. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis, you may have mild soreness or ache in the lower part of your calf or just above your heel after exercise.
You may have more serious pain following particularly long training sessions that involve running or climbing. Some Achilles tendonitis sufferers experience leg and ankle stiffness when they wake up, but it tends to go away once you start moving.
What causes Achilles tendonitis?
Usually, Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury that occurs in athletes and recreational sports enthusiasts. It's most common among runners, but it can develop in any sport where you run, jump, or frequently make sudden changes in speed.
Achilles tendonitis commonly develops after a change in your routine, such as an increase in running distance, a switch to running on hills rather than flat streets, or an increase in total training time.
Even if you're mainly sedentary, you can develop Achilles tendonitis if your foot rolls inward (overpronation) or if you have a bony heel growth that pressures the tendon.
Will Achilles tendonitis heal naturally?
Sometimes rest, ice, and elevation are enough to allow your tendon time to heal. But you need help from a board-certified podiatrist like those at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care to heal in the safest and fastest way.
How is Achilles tendonitis treated?
Your Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care podiatrist can treat Achilles tendonitis in a variety of ways, including:
- Oral medication
- Immobilization, like a walking cast or splint
- Orthotics, custom shoe inserts that prevent excessive tendon strain
- Physical therapy, including prescribed exercises to lengthen and strengthen the tendon
It’s extremely important to listen to your podiatrist’s recommendations regarding rest during recovery. Although it might feel tempting to get back into your normal routine as soon as you can, trying to push yourself before you’re fully healed could worsen your condition and significantly delay recovery.
If you don't seek treatment promptly, your Achilles tendon can tear, which is known as a rupture. Ruptures often require surgical repair.
You can count on your Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care podiatrist for fast pain relief from Achilles tendonitis. Book your appointment online or by phone today.
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