Posts for tag: Achilles Tendonitis
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!
We are finally getting closer to Spring as we turn our clocks ahead and the days will slowly get longer! This means more activities including cycling, which has become a favorite among many people. Whether it be for transportation, pleasure or sport it is enjoyed by millions of Americans every year. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC understands the safety of bicycling and the effects it can have on your body.
Cycling tips that won’t tip you over:
- Athletic shoe for leisure cyclists can be a typical athletic shoe used for other activities such as walking, cross training or jogging
- Cycling shoes are designed for the more serious cyclist and should fit snugly around the top of the foot and heel.
- Road cycling or racing cyclist should wear a stiff sole and narrow heeled shoes
- Mountain or off road cyclists need a good tread and a rugged sole
- Toe clips on the pedals allow the cyclist to shift power from body to pedal
- You can also use a shoe that clips into the pedal but you would not be able to walk in them off the bike
- When getting fitted for any of these options take the sock you plan to use with you when you shop
Four Risks that can spin you into injury
- Achilles tendinitis ~ the tendon on the back of the leg that is connected to the heel. Riding with your seat too low or pedaling incorrectly can affect this tendon ~ try to stretch and relax your muscles before and after riding.
- Plantar fasciitis ~ the tissue on the bottom of the heel. Keeping the seat high will relieve the pressure put on that part of the foot while riding.
- Foot numbness ~ also known as pins and needles. The top of the foot and the big toe go numb due to poor fitting shoes and tight clips. Loosen straps and get the right shoe ~ simple solution.
- Metatarsalgia ~ pain in the ball of the foot. Pedaling incorrectly can cause this but correcting foot position and getting the right shoe should fix this.
If you are just starting out on your cycling road trip or have injured yourself from a previous ride contact us at one of our six (6) locations; Fort Lee and Ringwood NJ or Brooklyn, Forest Hills Woodhaven and Flushing NY. Our team of podiatrists are ready to serve you so call for an appointment 201-363-9662. Spring is slowly creeping in and fevers are flying high so use your common sense and “Keep on cyclin”.