Achilles Tendonitis and its Effects
Achilles tendinitis can cause ripple effects throughout the entire functioning of the ankle and foot. It is the inflammation, wear and improper healing of the Achilles Tendon, which is the tendon at the back of the leg. Pain from Achilles tendonitis can slowly rise and be of variable stages. The problem arises when minor pain turns into severe pain and small tears turn into breaks of the ligaments. Those actions that normally strain the tendon and trigger tendonitis can be long periods of standing, exercising without warming up, injuring the calf muscles, and using footwear that causes extra strain and that does not fit properly, such as high heeled shoes. The point to remember is that any form of problem with this tendon can turn into a big problem if you don’t act appropriately. This type of injury is known to happen in high numbers to athletes, but it can also happen to infrequent athletes who may run or play sports intermittently.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- As mentioned above, you need to wear shoes that fit properly so that comfort can be increased and stress can be reduced. Shoes that bend your feet in the wrong directions can place stress in unnatural places and cause tension to the Achilles tendon.
- Take medications such as anti-inflammatories that help to reduce pain immediately. This will be very helpful with reducing pain as well.
- Physical therapy focusing on extending the calf muscles will lessen the amount of weight placed on the Achilles tendon. This can help to prevent a full rupture of the tendon or for healing purposes.
- Surgical procedures could be required to remove any injured tendons or repair them if possible. The tendon will be cut open during this procedure.
- Keep the foot immobile after injury and after surgery to maximize healing.
Here at NOLA Sole Podiatry located in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM will do what it takes to help your Achilles heel and get you back to your regular activities. Please call our office at 504-302-1586 today to schedule an appointment.