You don't have to be a runner to overuse your Achilles tendon, the band of tissue connecting your calf to your heel bone. When this cord becomes inflamed, the tendons and muscles weaken, increasing the risk of further damage and difficulty walking. Achilles Tendonitis can result from flat feet, inadequate footwear support, or if you increase your physical activity without stretching. If you experience symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis in Fort Walton Beach or Crestview, FL, a partially torn tendon often heals on its own with rest. However, if you experience persistent pain, consult with Drs. Cosimo Ricciardi or Neil Patel at Emerald Coast Podiatry to rule out a more severe case.
What Is Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles Tendonitis symptoms generally start as minor heel pain following a workout or sporting event. Your calf or heel bone may be tender, your skin may feel warm to the touch, your range of motion when flexing your foot may be restricted, you may feel the tendon thickening, or your heel may swell. If you're not an athlete and wondering why you may develop this condition, it could also result from hypertension, psoriasis, obesity, or wearing high heels for too long. It also results from repetitive stress from walking, running, or exercising in worn-out shoes. Our podiatrist diagnoses Achilles Tendonitis in Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview, FL, with a thorough foot examination. If over-the-counter remedies don't work, they'll suggest additional treatment methods such as laser treatment and specialized injections.
If you have Achilles Tendonitis in Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview, FL, our local physicians and staff who care about our community will treat you like family at Emerald Coast Podiatry. No problem is too big or too small because if your feet ache, your entire body suffers. Visit our website for more information about the services we provide to help you avoid injuries by all measures. Call the Fort Walton office at (850) 862-4119 or the Crestview office at (850) 682-6522 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Cosimo Ricciardi and Neil Patel for Achilles Tendonitis.