The Achilles tendon runs from the heel bone to the calf muscle in the back of the leg. When this tendon is injured, Achilles tendonitis can develop. Achilles tendonitis typically results in pain and discomfort when putting strain on the feet while standing, walking, running or jumping. Individuals who develop Achilles tendonitis should see a podiatrist for treatment, but there are also things you can do to protect yourself from developing it in the first place. At Emerald Coast Podiatry, Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi is your Crestview and Fort Walton Beach, FL, podiatrist.
Achilles tendonitis is an injury that develops in the Achilles tendon when it is strained, pulled or torn. This tendon is the largest one in the entire body and runs along the back of the leg from the heel bone to the calf muscle. The Achilles tendon can become inflamed and irritated when performing repetitive movements, such as running sprints regularly. It is also possible to strain the Achilles tendon and develop tendonitis when standing for long periods of time or even from having flat feet.
There are several types of problems that can affect the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis happens to be the most common. It can best be prevented by minimizing repetitive movements and resting the feet, as needed. It is especially important for individuals who are on their feet for long periods of time regularly to rest their feet and legs. For those with flat feet, wearing orthotic shoe inserts or footwear with adequate arch support can minimize strain on the Achilles tendon and help prevent Achilles tendonitis.
There are a few different options for treating Achilles tendonitis. Resting the feet and legs is important to avoid putting additional strain on the injured tendon. Anti-inflammatory medications, prescription or over-the-counter, can provide relief from the discomfort of Achilles tendonitis, as can applying ice to the injured area. Other possible treatments include orthotic heel cups or pads, a walking boot, physical therapy, laser therapy, ultrasound treatment, stem cell injections or surgery. A Crestview and Fort Walton Beach podiatrist can recommend the appropriate treatment for you.
Protect yourself from Achilles tendonitis by avoiding repetitive movements that put strain on the Achilles tendon, such as running or standing for extended periods. If you do develop Achilles tendonitis, a podiatrist evaluates your injury and determine which treatment options are best. Dr. Ricciardi is your Crestview and Fort Walton Beach podiatrist. To schedule an appointment, call Emerald Coast Podiatry at (850) 862-4119 for the Fort Walton Beach office or (850) 682-6522 for the Crestview office.