Premier Foot & Ankle
Podiatrists located in Mckinney, TX, Plano, TX, Frisco, TX, Allen, TX, Dallas, TX, Mesquite, TX, Celina, TX, Irving, TX & Sherman, TX
Your Achilles tendon, the large band of connective tissues that connects your calf muscles to your heel bones, is prone to overuse and chronic inflammation. If you’re experiencing pain along the back of your lower leg, schedule an Achilles tendonitis evaluation at Premier Foot & Ankle right away. With locations in Dallas, Plano, Mesquite, Celina, McKinney, Sherman, Irving, and Frisco, Texas, you have an office nearby to get the Achilles tendonitis treatment you need right away. You can conveniently book an exam either online or over the phone today.
Achilles Tendonitis Q & A
What causes Achilles tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis means that your tendon is seriously inflamed. In most cases, Achilles tendonitis is caused by repetitive stress or strain on your Achilles tendon, possibly due to playing sports, working on your feet all day, or distance running. Your risk of suffering from Achilles tendonitis also increases due to:
- Flat feet
- Advanced age
- Certain antibiotic drugs
- Running on uneven surfaces
- Ill-fitting or unsupportive workout shoes
- Excessive strain, which is common with weekend warriors
While Achilles tendonitis can affect both men and women, podiatrists often see higher incidences among men, especially if they’re older.
When should I see a podiatrist for Achilles tendonitis?
The dedicated team at Premier Foot & Ankle encourage you to come in for an evaluation at the first sign of lower leg pain. It’s especially important to book an Achilles tendonitis examination if you’re experiencing any of the following issues.
- Mild to severe aching
- Swelling or tenderness
- Pain near the back of your heel
- Stiffness and discomfort after periods of inactivity
You also need an examination if you’re experiencing difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg. If left untreated, Achilles tendonitis may increase your risk of more serious issues, such as Achilles tendinosis or even an Achilles tendon rupture.
How is Achilles tendonitis treated?
Your Achilles tendon treatment plan from Premier Foot & Ankle involves relieving current pain and inflammation while helping your Achilles tendon heal and strengthen. Common Achilles tendon treatments include:
- Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Multiwave locked system (MLS) laser therapy
- Specialized stretching exercises
- Custom-molded orthotic inserts
- Physical therapy
- Night splints
- Heel lifts
If you have a severe Achilles tendon injury, such as a rupture, or if you’re not responding to conservative treatments, your dedicated podiatrist at Premier Foot & Ankle may recommend surgery.
Achilles tendon surgery can include removing damaged tissues, grafting connective tissues, and making any other essential repairs, so after healing, you won’t have to live another day with Achilles tendon pain or inflammation.
Before your case of Achilles tendonitis worsens any further, schedule an evaluation at Premier Foot & Ankle. Click on the online scheduler or call your most convenient office directly.
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