Achilles Tendonitis Treatment

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC
September 13, 2017

Your ability to walk, run, and jump is highly dependent on the proper functioning of your Achilles tendon. So when you have an injury to this large tendon that connects your heel to your calf muscle, the resulting pain and discomfort can be quite debilitating. The Achilles tendon can become inflamed, swollen, and tender from repetitive stress and overuse, and requires immediate attention to avoid a worsening of symptoms and to avoid a longer term recovery process.

Achilles tendonitis is common in runners, other athletes, and dancers who perform repetitive exercise and stress that can combine to severely overload the tendon causing stretching, a tear, or possibly even a complete break. It often happens when the intensity of a particular exercise is rapidly increased or decreased.

Ignoring the mild symptoms that may be present at the outset of an Achilles tendon problem and continuing to perform the exercise can cause the severity of the condition to quickly accelerate.

There are many therapies that you and your podiatrist have available to treat Achilles tendonitis.

Some of these therapies may include the following:

  • Rest
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Compression and elevation
  • Physical therapy exercises and stretches for the heel and calf muscles
  • Use of custom orthotics
  • Switching to low-impact activities like swimming
  • For a severely damaged or torn Achilles tendon, surgery may be required

Don’t allow your tendonitis to worsen. For more expert advice on Achilles tendonitis treatment, consult with the board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Whether you have nail fungus, a sports injury, diabetic foot problems, or need foot or ankle surgery, we have the advanced technologies and expertise to get you back on your feet. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

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