An injury of the largest tendon in your body, the Achilles tendon, can lead to trouble standing on your toes, going upstairs, or exercising in general. At Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic in Westminster, Colorado, Katherine Parodi, DPM, Jacob Stuart, DPM, and their team treat Achilles tendonitis using the most advanced treatment modalities in their field. To schedule a podiatric evaluation and treatment consultation, call Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic or book online today.
Achilles tendonitis affects the tendon that connects your calf muscle to your heel. The largest tendon in your body, the Achilles tendon, is very thick and allows you to flex your foot backward and forward. It also allows you to stand on your toes.
Like other types of tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis is inflammation affecting the tendon. In many cases, Achilles tendonitis involves many small tears on the tendon that are aggravated when you move it.
While anyone can get Achilles tendonitis, you’re most at risk if you’re a runner who has recently increased the intensity or length of your runs. You’re also at risk if you’re a middle-aged runner, tennis player, or another moderate athlete, especially if you only engage in your activity of choice on the weekends.
Achilles tendonitis and other Achilles tendon injuries like a tendon rupture involve many of the same symptoms. The pain often sets in slowly, starting as no more than a mild ache in the tendon after physical activity. You might also experience increased pain after you climb the stairs.
Other possible symptoms of Achilles tendonitis are:
The team at Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic evaluates your Achilles tendon with a physical exam. Depending on your symptoms, they might also recommend ultrasound imaging or other tests.
Achilles tendonitis often resolves with self-care, like rest, ice, and compression. If your pain persists or your condition limits your mobility, the team at Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic provides individualized care using multiple modalities.
You can improve Achilles tendonitis with:
The team works with you to rehabilitate your Achilles tendonitis so you can get to a point where you can engage in the sports and activities you love again without worrying about further injuries.
To learn more about Achilles tendonitis and explore treatments, call Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic or book an appointment online today.