Posts for tag: Achilles Tendonitis
High-heeled shoes are becoming increasingly vilified for all the pain and discomfort they cause. In fact, they are even now being shunned by fashion houses in favor of strutting in luxury sneakers on the catwalk! Women have suffered from the ill effects of high heels for a long time, but the trends are finally leading to more sensible options that don’t cause heel pain and other painful conditions like corns, bunions, and ingrown toenails, just to name a few.
Some of the major foot issues caused by wearing high-heeled shoes include the following:
- Toe deformities—High heeled shoes compress your toes together, contributing to the formation of bunions, hammertoes, and mallet toes.
- Neuroma—Morton’s neuroma is one type of nerve condition that occurs near the ball of the foot. Having your toes scrunched together contributes to pressure on the nerve.
- Achilles tendon injury—Wearing high-heeled shoes also increases pressure on the back of the foot where the Achilles tendon inserts at the heel bone. This tendon can actually decrease in length from repeatedly wearing high-heeled shoes, contributing to Achilles tendonitis and the formation of heel spurs.
For those who insist on continuing to wear high heels, do so in moderation for special occasions and if required for work. Always carry a pair of comfortable shoes that you can quickly put on to give your feet a rest such as during your commute to work.
If you have foot problems caused by wearing high-heeled shoes, consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. 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!
Your Achilles tendon, which is the largest tendon in your body, is essential for doing everyday activities like walking and climbing stairs. So when you have an injury to this tendon (which connects your heel bone to your calf muscle), the resulting pain and discomfort can be extremely debilitating, causing a condition known as Achilles tendonitis.
The Achilles tendon is thick and tough, but it has a hard job to do. This tendon often becomes inflamed, swollen, and tender from repetitive stress and the pressure of overuse. As with all tendon strains, immediate attention to the problem will help to avoid a worsening of symptoms and will speed the recovery process and avoid downtime.
Achilles tendonitis is a common condition in athletes, dancers, and anyone who is on their feet all day doing repetitive motions. All the stress can combine to severely overload the tendon, causing stretching or possibly even completely breaking the tendon. When that happens, a loud snap is often heard followed by extreme pain.
For a more minor Achilles tendon pull, continuing to perform the exercise that caused it can rapidly increase the severity of the condition. It’s best to stop and evaluate the damage before continuing.
Treatments for less severe Achilles tendonitis include the following:
- Rest and elevate the affected foot to reduce swelling and pain
- Hot and cold compress therapy can help
- Physical therapy exercises to stretch the calf muscle are useful in many cases
- Custom orthotic inserts can redirect pressure away from the heel area
- Low-impact activities like swimming should be substituted until the tendon heals
For a severely stretched or torn Achilles tendon, surgery may be necessary for complete healing to occur. If you are having problems with Achilles tendonitis, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. 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!
Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body that connects from your heel to your calf muscle. A lot of people do not realize how important this tendon is for walking, running, or merely just standing until they suffer an injury to the tendon that can cause considerable pain, discomfort, and immobility.
Repetitive exercises such as running, basketball, and tennis often cause aggravation to the tendon, creating a condition called Achilles tendonitis. When the intensity of a particular activity is suddenly ramped up, the shock can cause the Achilles tendon to tear or even break completely, causing a loud, cringe-worthy, popping sound.
4 initial treatments for Achilles tendonitis or other tendon and ligament injuries include the following:
- RICE—Basic injury care involves Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
- Strength and flexibility exercises—There are many exercises to limber up and strengthen your calf muscles and tendons to avoid these types of injuries.
- Custom orthotic shoe inserts and corrective shoes—Your podiatrist has a variety of excellent shoes, inserts, and braces that are very effective for a wide variety of problems.
- Switch to a lower impact activity—You can immediately decrease the stress on the affected foot by switching to a low-impact activity such as swimming to help give your Achilles tendon a rest.
Never neglect the initial pain of a tendon injury or any other injury for that matter. If you push too hard through the injury, you often just make it worse and increase the healing time. Be sure to give your body some time to heal at the first sign of injury to avoid this fate.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. 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!
Many athletes have experienced the debilitating pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis. One of the best ways to avoid this injury and the time consuming rehabilitation process is to take preventative measures involving stretching and strengthening exercises.
The plantar fascia is the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot between the toes and the heel. Specific stretching and strengthening exercises that will keep the Achilles tendons and calf muscles flexible and robust can prevent putting too much stress on the plantar fascia.
These exercises include:
- Arch stretching—From a seated position, place one foot over your lap and pull the toes back to stretch out the plantar fascia. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat five times.
- Calf stretching—While facing a wall with one leg forward and one leg back, bend the knee of the front leg for a good stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat several times.
- Step stretching—While standing on the edge of a step, gradually lower your heels to produce a stretch in the Achilles tendons and calf muscles. Raise your heels up and repeat five times.
- Calf strengthening—While standing, raise your heels to stretch your calf muscles. Repeat ten times
- Toe strengthening—With an elastic band wrapped around your toes, spread your toes wide and release. Repeat ten times. Another good toe exercise is to pick up marbles with your toes and drop them in a cup. You can also perform towel scrunches by placing a small towel on the floor and scrunching it back and forth with your toes.
If despite your best efforts you run into any problems with plantar fasciitis, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. 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
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:
- 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!