Achilles Tendon

Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Fort Lee, NJ, Queens, Forest Hills, NY, Gramercy, New York, NY, & Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Inflammation of or an injury to the Achilles tendon can be especially problematic and affect much more than your walk. At their offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Forest Hills, New York, Gramercy, New York, New York, & East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, the orthopedic surgeons at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC treat everything from tears to tendonitis and provide individualized treatment plans for even the most complex podiatric cases. If you’ve suffered an Achilles tendon injury and you’re unsure how to treat it, visit Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Schedule over the phone or use the online booking system today.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What is the Achilles tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous cord connecting your heel bone to your calf muscle.

There are different types of injuries, conditions, or damage that can happen to the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis and Achilles tendon rupture are the most common.

What is an Achilles tendon rupture?

Overstretching your Achilles tendon can cause a partial or complete rupture or tear. If your Achilles tendon ruptures, you experience a sharp pain in the back of your lower leg and ankle along with a popping sound or sensation in the area. You might have swelling and pain of the ankle area and you might be unable to walk on the affected leg.

Your Achilles tendon plays a big role in your movement and walking. If you have an injury or any concerns about your Achilles tendon, it’s best to seek professional podiatric care and visit the Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC.

What causes an Achilles tendon rupture?

Excess force, pressure, or stress on the tendon and the surrounding ligaments can cause an Achilles tendon rupture. This typically happens due to overuse in intense sports, falling from a height, or another type of trauma or injury.

Your Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC podiatrist can help you decide on the right way to treat your Achilles tendon rupture. In some cases, your podiatrist will recommend surgery to repair the rupture.

What is Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon that usually shows up due to arthritis or an injury. The Achilles tendon can often get inflamed from an overuse injury and commonly happens to runners who’ve suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their runs. 

Achilles tendonitis can sometimes be treated using simple at-home care methods and doctor supervision. Other cases call for medical intervention like medications or surgery.

How is Achilles tendonitis treated?

Several effective treatments are available to reduce the pain and inflammation of Achilles tendonitis, including:

  • Medications for pain and inflammation
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Lifestyle modifications like diet

Your podiatrist might recommend surgery when needed, such as an Achilles tendon repair. It’s also helpful to:

  • Rest
  • Gradually increase your activity
  • Use appropriate shoes when exercising

Call Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC for effective and personalized podiatric care or schedule an appointment online.