Achilles Tendonitis

Wondering if Achilles tendonitis is the root of your suffering? Take a look at this guide from Dr. Brian Ting at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in Moline, IL.

Guide to Achilles Tendonitis

As the feet and legs are in the midst of most movement and activities, it’s no surprise that they can be impacted by so many different conditions. For active people, Achilles tendonitis is a very common and frustrating issue that can make hobbies and daily tasks difficult. Learn more about this condition and how Dr. Ting and our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in Moline, IL can help below.

What Exactly Is Achilles Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a term used to describe a condition in which a tendon, which connects muscle to bone, has become inflamed. One of the body’s largest tendons is one that connects the heel and the back of the lower leg, called the Achilles tendon. When it becomes inflamed, it's known as Achilles tendonitis.

How Does the Achilles Tendon Become Inflamed?

Typically, the inflammation comes from being overused, but how exactly that overuse occurs can vary. Exercises like running often play a role, as do sports and dancing. However, it also occurs in people who work on their feet, as well as those who are just starting an exercise program, adapt their routine, or don’t warm up first. In short, anything that stretches or puts repetitive stress on the tendon could be to blame.

What Are the Symptoms?

Achilles tendonitis usually presents itself as a sharp pain and swelling around the heel. You might notice tension in the area and have trouble walking or engaging in your regular activities. Most sufferers notice these signs upon first waking up or after intense activity. However, some experience throbbing all day.

How Does a Podiatrist Treat Achilles Tendonitis?

Properly treating Achilles tendonitis requires a thorough understanding of the severity, your symptoms, and the location of the swelling. Your treatment plan will be developed around these factors and will likely include one or more of the following methods.

  • RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation can help the tendon heal and is all that’s necessary, in some cases.
  • Physical therapy: Stretching and strengthening the tendon through specific exercises can help with healing and prevention.
  • Activity adjustments: It might be necessary to switch to low-impact exercises.
  • Custom orthotics: Ensuring you have the proper support for your feet and legs is essential.
  • Surgical intervention: In severe cases, procedures to repair or reattach the tendon might be necessary.

Don’t let Achilles tendonitis keep you off your feet. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ting at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in Moline, IL by calling (309) 762-5655.

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