About 25% of competitive athletes — and many nonathletes as well — experience Achilles tendonitis. If you don’t treat Achilles tendonitis, it can lead to long-lasting problems or even disability. At South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers in Royal Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, and Belle Glade, Florida, the premier team of podiatry specialists offers evaluation, diagnosis, and effective treatments for this difficult condition. Get help by scheduling online or calling the office nearest you today.
Achilles tendonitis is irritation in the tissue that links the calf and heel. This injury occurs with overuse, which is why it's so common in athletes like long-distance runners. You can also develop Achilles tendonitis if you make leg and foot movements as part of your job.
Achilles tendonitis is a serious condition that can graduate into tendinosis (tendon degeneration) or tendon tear (Achilles tendon rupture). It's important to quickly seek treatment for Achilles tendonitis when you experience new symptoms to avoid these issues.
The main Achilles tendonitis symptom is heel pain, usually concentrated in the top and mid-heel. You might also experience a dull ache in your lower leg and ankle, following the path of your Achilles tendon. The pain usually peaks after strenuous exercise.
Your podiatrist at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers examines your foot, ankle, and lower leg gently. They’ll ask about your symptoms, how the pain started, and about your normal daily routines.
Your doctor may use X-rays or other imaging types for an in-depth look at your Achilles tendon and the structures around it. Imaging tests can also help to rule out other conditions, such as ankle fractures.
In many cases, Achilles tendonitis improves with nonoperative care. These can include:
In the most severe cases, particularly if you have a complication like a tendon rupture, you could need surgery. During surgery, your podiatric surgeon can reconnect your tendon or, if necessary, replace the damaged tendon tissue with donor tissue from another part of your foot.
Your South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers doctor reviews all the treatment options with you so you can be proactive about your recovery.
No matter what type of treatment you choose, rest is essential for Achilles tendonitis. Pushing yourself too hard during recovery is extremely dangerous. Practicing patience — and closely following your podiatrist's instructions — are the keys to a safe recovery.
The South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers doctors are available at all times, including weekends and evenings, to help with Achilles tendonitis and other urgent foot and ankle issues. Call the office or book your appointment online.