The Achilles tendon is instrumental in helping you run, jump, and walk. If you have an Achilles tendon injury, it’s important to start treatment immediately to avoid rupturing the tendon. The podiatric experts at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York offer surgical and non-surgical treatments for Achilles tendon injuries. Don’t wait for your injury to worsen, instead call the office today to schedule an appointment with a certified podiatrist.
Your Achilles tendon connects the heel to the calf muscle and is the largest tendon in your body. Achilles tendinitis happens when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed and worsens over a longer period of time. Signs of Achilles tendinitis include:
If you put too much strain on your Achilles tendon, you may rupture the tendon. Signs of a ruptured Achilles tendon include:
Achilles tendon injuries are most common in athletes and middle-aged to older men. You also are at risk if you’re overweight, or have flat feet.
To avoid strain on the Achilles tendon, exercise mindfully and wear footwear with cushioning and arch support. Increase the difficulty of the high-intensity training in slow, steady intervals. Avoid exercising on uneven or hard surfaces.
First, your doctor diagnoses your Achilles ankle injury during an in-office visit. Your doctor listens to your account of the injury and your symptoms and squeezes the back of your calf to test your reflexes.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor recommends different treatment options, including:
It may take weeks to months for your Achilles tendon to heal. Once your doctor approves exercising again, it’s important to take steps so you don’t injure the tendon again. Wear shoes that have adequate cushioning and arch support, and stretch before and after exercise.
The doctors at the Center of Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine work with you to determine the best surgical or non-surgical treatment options for your lifestyle needs. Call today to make your first appointment.