The Achilles is considered the human body’s strongest and thickest tendon. It runs down the calf on the backside of the lower leg, connecting the calf muscle to the heel. We use our Achilles tendon whenever we are in motion, especially when exercising or playing high-impact sports. The Achilles tendon can withstand forces upwards of 1,000 pounds, but it is the most commonly torn tendon due to its frequent overuse. If you believe that you have fallen victim to this painful injury, our podiatrist in Port Washington at Great Neck Family Foot Care is ready to create a personalized treatment plan to get you back on your feet in no time!
Achilles Tendinitis occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed due to overuse, stress, injury, or degeneration. Achilles Tendinitis and its accompanying pain and swelling can strike at any time. From professional athletes to weekend exercisers and athletes, to youth sports enthusiasts, Achilles tendinitis is a risk for just about anyone.
Causes of Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles Tendinitis is most commonly an overuse injury caused by exercise or athletic activity. However, there are several other possible causes, as patients could have stimulated this injury from a variety of circumstances. Among the other common causes, please consider the following:
- Sudden trauma to the tendon from causing it to stretch too abruptly, such as when sprinting or jumping.
- Rapid increases in walking and running distances or speeds without giving the body the chance to adapt.
- Quickly resuming sports or exercise activities after long periods of inactivity.
- Failure to properly and adequately stretch before exercise or activity.
- Repetitive climbing up stairs or running up hills.
- Inadequate footwear.
- Excessive foot pronation, or turning the foot down or to the inside when walking or running.
Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis
Every patient who is suffering from Achilles Tendinitis won’t always experience the exact same symptoms. Symptoms may differ from person to person depending on the cause and severity of the injury. Among the most common symptoms are:
- Mild pain after exercise or activity that worsens over time.
- Pain, aches, or nagging discomfort along the back of the lower calf, especially after running or exercising while utilizing the calf muscles.
- Persistent swelling in the back lower calf area.
- General stiffness, tenderness, or tiredness in the lower calf area, especially after a night’s sleep when your feet first hit the ground.
How is Achilles Tendinitis Treated?
If you believe that you are suffering from Achilles Tendinitis, it is important to immediately refrain from exercising or playing sports and seek help from a professional right away. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, our podiatrist in Port Washington is ready to help you get back on your feet and back to living a pain-free life as soon as possible. There are several options for treatment that our podiatrist in Port Washington may recommend for you if you are suffering from Achilles Tendinitis. Among the most common treatments, we may utilize some of the following:
- Reducing stress placed on Achilles tendon and giving the tendon a sufficient amount of rest.
- Wearing a brace, support bandage, or walking boot to limit motion and avoid additional stress to the area.
- Inserting appropriate heel orthotics into shoes and sneakers, or wearing heel-supportive footwear to eliminate placing further stress and strain on the tendon.
- Stretching the tendon and surrounding area muscles through physical therapy and/or at-home stretching regimens.
- Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications on a temporary basis to treat pain and swelling.
- Massaging and icing the area regularly.
- In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
Don’t let your Achilles tendinitis get any worse, contact us at Great Neck Family Foot Care today! Dr. Alec Hochstein has been treating patients in the Long Island/New York areas for years with his team of skilled podiatrists. Booking an appointment can be done easily right on our website.