What You Can Do About Achilles Tendonitis

If you have Achilles tendonitis, or an inflamed Achilles tendon, you would definitely know it. This condition causes swelling at the back of your heel along with sharp pain, usually after an exercise session.

The Achilles tendon is a tissue that connects the calf muscle to your heel bone. When the tendon is damaged from overuse, it will first stretch and then tear which causes inflammation and can also make it susceptible to rupture. Middle-aged men are prone to this injury especially if they begin exercising without a proper warm-up or stretch. However, even veteran athletes are not exempt from this painful injury if they suddenly increase the intensity of their workouts.

An Achilles Tendon Injury Requires Professional Help

An injury to the Achilles tendon usually will not heal by itself. Also, if your pain is severe and interferes with walking, you may have a more serious injury like a ruptured or torn tendon. If you suspect an Achilles tendon problem with persistent heel and lower leg pain, call Advanced Foot & Ankle Center right away for an evaluation.

After taking x-rays to rule out any fracture, we may begin treatment with the R.I.C.E. method:

  • Rest your foot and hold off on your exercise program.
  • Ice the area several times a day for 15 minutes to lessen swelling.
  • Compress your ankle with elastic wraps and minimize movement and reduce swelling.
  • Elevate your foot as often as you can – try to keep it above the level of your heart, especially at night.

If ibuprofen doesn’t relieve your pain, we may prescribe an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. We can make custom-fitted orthotics that raise your heel to cushion against force and ease the strain on the tendon. When you are ready, physical therapy stretching and strengthening exercises will promote healing and build strength.

If these conservative treatments don’t relieve the swelling and pain of Achilles tendonitis, we will discuss surgery with you to repair the tendon.

Call Us for Relief from the Pain of Achilles Tendonitis

A tendon injury will not heal itself. Dr. Paul Betschart, board certified podiatrist will address your injury and recommend the best treatment based on your individual needs. You can reach us at our Danbury office at (203) 791-0466 or our Middlebury office at (203) 754-2249, or via the website. Take action now to resolve your Achilles tendon pain and get back to your normal activities.

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