Achilles Tendonitis can bring significant discomfort as the Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. This tendon is located behind the heel and can be affected by Achilles tendonitis. If that tendon happens to tear, surgery will likely be mandatory. If it ruptures, a loud sound will occur, followed by piercing pain in the back of the ankle.
Tendonitis frequently happens to athletes because of the high-intensity activities that they participate in and the stress it causes on their Achilles tendons. It can also occur to others in any number of activities. Since the tendon is located behind the heel, tendonitis produces an intense pain when the tendon swells and does not heal properly, allowing it to get progressively worse. Activities that frequently strain the tendon may produce tendonitis. Inflammation initially occurs as the tendon becomes stressed. Symptoms that also occur with tendonitis are a severe pain in the calf, heel swelling and an inability to put weight on the toes.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Use anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling.
- Get physical therapy that’s targeted on stretching the calf.
- Use cold therapy to reduce inflammation.
- Get cortisone injections which are a steroid anti-inflammatory that can help.
- Place orthotics in your shoes to reduce irritation and tension on the tendon. Special shoes or walking boots may also be used to allow for the pain associated with Achilles tendonitis to subside.
- Also consider using heel lifts to prevent the heel from absorbing too much friction when moving.
Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM have many years of experience treating Achilles tendonitis with proven results. If your heel is in significant pain due to tendonitis, contact us to make an appointment today! We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. We will our best to help your heel overcome tendonitis. Please also review our Patient Education section for even more information.