The Achilles tendon is an important muscle in the foot and can cause significant pain if injured as it can undergo stretching or tearing. The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle and heel. Achilles tendonitis generally happens as an injury from frequent stress applied to the tendon in question. This condition is also the result of calf muscles that have been subject to high amounts of stress. Frequent high-intensity activities that involve the calf muscles will cause this condition to occur or at least accelerate its formation. If the Achilles tendon becomes frail after bearing unnatural amounts of stress, it may rupture when forced to bear more stress than it can take.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Use of anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation in the tendon.
- Resting the injured foot and refraining from bearing weight on it so that the tendon heals.
- Utilizing support devices to assist with mobility such as crutches.
- Using ice to reduce swelling.
- Physical therapy by way of stretching the tendon will assist with toughening it.
- Normal routines must be carefully returned to with caution as too much stress on the injured tendon may cause it to tear again. However, participating in such activities with care will allow for the Achilles tendon to gradually ease its way back to full use.
- Wearing correctly fitting shoes with ample amounts of support will help a complete healing and prevent unintended movements that cause the sudden onset of a tear in the Achilles tendon.
This condition can cause severe consequences to mobility, especially to those who are employed in professional sports. Please contact us for a consultation. Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668., MI, our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM can deliver the latest and greatest treatment for your tendons. Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above today and check out our Patient Education section to learn more about how you can prevent future foot problems.