Many people take for granted the movement their Achilles tendon provides them, but when it's overused, Achilles tendinitis can result. Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, with two locations in the San Antonio area, treats Achilles tendinitis. Dr. Darren Silvester and Dr. Boyd Bills diagnose and treat your Achilles tendinitis so you can get back to the activities you enjoy. Call their clinic in Pleasanton or Universal City, Texas, today for an appointment or book online now.
Your Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in your body and responsible for the majority of your foot and leg movement. It reaches from the back of your lower leg into your heel. The tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel bone and is the reason you can run, jump, stand on your tiptoes, and climb stairs.
Because the Achilles tendon is so integral to your everyday life, overuse leading to Achilles tendinitis is very common.
Tendinitis happens when the tissue that connects muscles to bone becomes inflamed. Your Achilles tendon can stretch or tear with overuse, causing swelling, redness, and irritation to the back of your leg.
Achilles tendinitis is separated by two different types of injuries: noninsertional and insertional. The noninsertional injury affects the middle of your tendon. The insertional injury affects where your tendon connects to the heel bone.
You may notice symptoms of Achilles tendinitis show up as pain in the back of your leg, usually close to your heel, and your legs may feel stiff or weak. Inflammation of your tendon increases with physical use and lessens with rest.
Starting a new exercise regimen, not stretching before exercise, and repeated hard impacts from activities like running or jogging aggravate your Achilles tendon and cause tendinitis pain and discomfort.
If you suspect you have Achilles tendinitis, the health care team at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic assesses your foot for diagnosis. Suggested treatment options for Achilles tendinitis are:
In rare cases, your doctor may recommend corrective surgery to either lengthen your tendon or remove the damaged portion.
Preventing tendinitis is difficult, but reducing your risk of injury is your best prevention technique. Some ways to reduce your risk of injury are:
Achilles tendinitis is a common overuse problem, but with the correct treatments and preventive measures, you can return to your active self stronger than before your injury with the help of Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic. If you live in the San Antonio area, book your appointment online or call one of the two offices in Pleasanton or Universal City, Texas.