Achilles Tendon Specialist
Achilles Tendonitis Q & A
What is Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis is inflammation along the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and is susceptible to overuse injuries from exercises.
What causes Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles Tendonitis is usually due to excessive stress to the tendon. Typically, this condition is due to over exertion of the Achilles tendon in specific situations including but not limited to:
- Increasing physical activity too quickly
- Wearing high heels
- Tight calf muscles
- Running on hard surfaces
- Frequent jumping activities (such as in volleyball, basketball, football, baseball, tennis, gymnastics)
- Improper shoe gear
- Formation of extra bone growth where the Achilles tendon attaches to the back of the heel bone
What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?
- A burning pain or stiffness along the lower leg above the back of the heel, especially in the morning
- Pain along the tendon or back of the heel, worsens with activity
- Pain or swelling the day after exercising
- Thickening of the tendon or large bump on back of heel
How is Achilles Tendonitis diagnosed?
Elite Stride Foot & Ankle Center will examine your foot and ankle. Our board certified experienced doctor will determine the location of your pain and swelling and evaluate the flexibility/range of motion of your lower extremity. Digital x-rays will be performed on site and will be reviewed with you personally. You will be educated about your x-rays and the images will be explained to you in great detail. Your doctor may order an MRI for further detailed images of the Achilles tendon, if needed.
What is the treatment for Achilles Tendonitis?
Most cases of Achilles Tendonitis do not need surgery and can be treated conservatively.
- Resting: decrease gym activities, transition to low-impact activities (biking or swimming)
- Stretching exercises
- Heel lifts
- Custom made orthotics, which are molded at Elite Stride Foot & Ankle Center
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy
- Night Splint
What happens if conservative treatment fails?
Elite Stride Foot & Ankle Center prides itself on offering the latest minimally invasive surgical treatments. Please call our office for a consultation.