The Achilles tendon exists near the back of the ankle joint and is responsible for connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. As the largest tendon that exists in the body, the Achilles allows you to perform a variety of basic physical activities such as walking, running, or jumping. Achilles tendinitis refers to the inflammation of the tendon and is usually triggered through repetitive behavior, overuse, or as a result of a strain.
Seniors and those who participate in sports like basketball or tennis have a higher risk of injury than others. Symptoms connected to Achilles tendinitis include:
- Heightened sensitivity to touch
- Dull pain
- Stiffness or loss of mobility
If a patient suddenly experiences pain or inflammation that exists above the heel and are unable to walk or move the affected foot, there may be a rupture of the tendon. It is imperative that those who experience this particular condition are treated by an Atlanta orthopedic doctor to determine if it is caused by tendinitis or a more serious underlying condition such as heel bursitis, a rupture, or a tear.
Orthopedic Treatment For Achilles Tendinitis
Most patients who seek early treatment are able to overcome this condition fairly easily. However, those who attempt to ignore their symptoms or do not seek treatment are at risk for more serious conditions or complete tears. The team at AICA Orthopedics often relies on the following solutions to treat Achilles Tendinitis:
- Rest and relaxation
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Custom orthotics or shoe inserts
- Stabilization equipment (e.g. cast, wraps, boot)
- Ultrasound therapy
- Controlled stretching
- Physical therapy
- Tissue massage
If friction exists between the tendon and its covering sheath, the sheath can become inflamed and split apart. When this happens, conservative forms of treatment are no longer viable or effective. Instead, patients may have to consider surgical intervention to remove the fibrous tissue and address any tears. If surgery is appropriate for your needs, you will be offered a temporary cast that helps protect the affected area and supports the healing process.
Tips That Can Help You Avoid Achilles Tendinitis
- Select footwear that provides plenty of cushion to the heel
- Dedicated 10 to 15 minutes to walking and stretching prior to engaging in any physical activity
- Gradually increase the amount of distance you cover on your runs
- Avoid running up or down hills
- Dedicate 10 to 15 minutes to stretching after exercising
Contact AICA Orthopedics For Achilles Tendinitis Relief
If you notice lingering pain near the back of your ankle or believe you have Achilles tendinitis, contact our clinic to schedule a complete examination. Just dial (404) 855-2141 to speak with one of our staff members.