Whether you’re walking, running, climbing, or simply standing still, your Achilles tendon plays no small role in each of these efforts. So, when tendinitis strikes, your life can be limited in significant ways. At FOOTDRx, the team of board-certified podiatrists understands the importance of a healthy Achilles tendon and works with you until you regain pain-free mobility. For expert care of your Achilles tendinitis, call one of the New York City locations in Union Square, Midtown East in Manhattan, or Bushwick, Brooklyn; or the New Jersey location in Englewood. You can also use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.
Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, and it attaches the large muscles in your calf — the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles — to the back of your heel bone. Located at the back of your ankle, your Achilles tendon is critical to your mobility and balance.
Your Achilles tendon is an extremely hard-working connective tissue, and its job is made all the more difficult because of the pressure your strong calf muscles place on the tissue. Over time, this constant pulling and stretching can take a toll, especially as you get older and your tendons begin to naturally lose their elasticity and strength. In fact, Achilles tendinitis is more common as you enter your 40s, 50s, and beyond, but the condition can strike at any age.
Achilles tendinitis develops when tiny tears form in your tendon, which cause pain and inflammation. These tears typically develop slowly, but tendinitis can also strike fairly quickly if you take up a new activity or suddenly increase the stress load on the tissue.
Achilles tendinitis typically starts out as a dull ache around the tendon, which may intensify after activity. You may also experience stiffness in your ankle, especially when you get up in the morning, as well as tenderness.
After reviewing your symptoms, your podiatrist at FOOTDRx performs a physical examination and turns to an ultrasound to get a closer look at your tendon. FOOTDRx is equipped with the latest diagnostic imaging, including in-house ultrasound, which means you can get a diagnosis more quickly.
Once your podiatrist understands the extent of your Achilles tendinitis, they typically recommend a conservative treatment plan to start, which includes:
If your tendinitis is advanced, making you more vulnerable to a serious tear or rupture, your podiatrist may recommend you wear a boot to give your tendon time to heal. FOOTDRx offers durable medical equipment in-house, including walking boots.
Achilles tendinitis rarely requires surgery, but if you tear the tendon, your podiatrist may need to go in and repair the tendon surgically.
For expert care of your Achilles tendinitis, call one of the four FOOTDRx locations or request an appointment using the online scheduler.