What is Achilles tendonitis?
The symptoms of Achilles tendonitis may include swelling in your heel area, pain and difficulty walking, difficulty going up on to the tips of your toes, and tenderness when trying to touch or pinch the injured area.
Some of the causes of Achilles tendonitis would involve having tight muscles, which puts a greater stress on the tendon and slowly causes it to rip or tear. An abrupt motion or a jump can lead to a small tear that develops into Achilles tendonitis. Sometimes we see it develop in patients who begin an exercise program too aggressively and fail to observe proper warm-up and stretching techniques.
What are the treatment options for Achilles tendonitis?
Carefully listening to your explanation of what you are feeling, of when the symptoms began, and how the pain has progressed is the most important element in determining your best treatment plan. We will complete a physical exam and feel the tendon for swelling, pain, and the exact location from which the symptoms stem to determine what is occurring. We often find it necessary to order an ultrasound test to see if there are any rips or tears. In some cases, we may also order an MRI to determine the true extent or severity of your injury.
Treatment options for Achilles tendonitis would involve ultrasound therapy to the area to improve blood flow and decrease pain. A great deal of deep muscle massage and stretching is helpful to break up any knot formation that may occur in the muscles. We may use small heel lifts in your shoes to take the stress and tension off of the Achilles tendon to allow it to slowly heal. We sometimes use injections with homeopathic medication that do not cause any damage to the tendon, but helps to decrease inflammation and promote healing. It is important to note that Achilles tendonitis problems must be addressed as soon as possible, because the problem may not resolve for 6-12 months.
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By allowing your Achilles tendonitis to go untreated, you could experience long-term injuries. If you think you have this condition, contact our office today to get back on your feet as fast as possible.