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Heel pain is one of the most common complaints a podiatrist hears about from patients. If you are dealing with heel pain above the heel bone then you could be dealing with Achilles Tendonitis, a result of overuse. The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and it serves to connect the muscles of the calf with the lower leg and heel bone.
While Achilles Tendonitis tends to occur most often in runners, this condition can still occur in athletes that play certain sports such as soccer or tennis. Unfortunately, this tendon does weaken as we get older, which makes at an increased risk for developing this overuse injury as we age.
What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?
The most obvious symptom of Achilles Tendonitis is pain above the heel bone. When the pain first appears it’s usually pretty mild and you may only notice it after running; however, over time you may notice that the pain gets worse after certain exercises. Along with pain you may also experience stiffness or tenderness in the heel, especially in the morning or after long periods of sitting.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If this is the first time that you’ve ever experienced heel pain then it’s a good idea to turn to a foot doctor who can determine whether Achilles Tendonitis is causing your symptoms or whether it’s something else. If you’re experiencing chronic heel pain around the Achilles tendon it’s also a good time to see a doctor. If the pain is severe or you are unable to put weight on your foot it’s possible that you might be dealing with a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate attention.
How do you treat Achilles Tendonitis?
In most cases, Achilles Tendonitis can be treated with simple self-care options. Unless symptoms are severe you may be able to treat your heel pain by:
- Taking over-the-counter pain medications
- Avoiding high-impact activities or activities that exacerbate symptoms
- Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
- Performing stretching exercises or undergoing physical therapy
- Icing the heel
- Wearing custom orthotics
- Replacing worn-out shoes, especially running shoes
Surgery is only necessary if your symptoms aren’t responding to any other nonsurgical treatment options after several months or if the tendon is torn.
If you think your heel pain could be the result of Achilles Tendonitis then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist can provide you with a variety of treatment options, from simple lifestyle modifications to custom orthotics.
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.