An injured Achilles tendon can cause severe pain that keeps you from participating in sports or other activities you love. At Foot and Ankle Center for the Rockies Specialists can treat Achilles tendon injuries in patients of all ages at their location in Aurora, Colorado. If you or a loved one has foot or heel pain, call the office to schedule an appointment.
The Achilles is the largest tendon in your body. It’s a thick band of tissue that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. This tendon is at work whenever you walk, run, jump, or stand on your tiptoes.
Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great levels of stress, it’s also prone to injury. A podiatrist can treat common Achilles tendon injuries, including:
Achilles tendonitis happens when the Achilles tendon becomes irritated and inflamed. With treatment, this inflammation is usually short-lived and improves in a few months.
Without proper treatment, tendonitis can lead to degeneration of the Achilles tendon. This condition is called tendonosis. Severe cases of Achilles tendonosis may result in a torn tendon.
Signs and symptoms that indicate you may have injured your Achilles tendon include:
If you have severe pain or hear a “pop” in your Achilles tendon, you should seek medical care immediately. This may be a sign of a torn (ruptured) tendon.
Achilles tendonitis is more likely to occur from repetitive stress on the tendon than from an acute injury or fall. Certain factors may increase your risk of getting Achilles tendonitis, such as:
A podiatrist can help you prevent future Achilles tendon injuries by teaching you ways to stretch and warm up before exercise.
First, a podiatrist performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. They may take an in-office X-ray to determine the cause and severity of your Achilles tendon injury.
Then, the podiatrist discusses the best treatment for your particular Achilles tendon injury. This may include:
For Achilles tendon injuries that don’t improve with treatment, the podiatrist may recommend surgery.
If you have Achilles tendon pain, don’t hesitate to call the office to schedule an appointment for prompt treatment.