Achilles tendonitis is a common cause of pain at the back of your heel. Christina Schilero, DPM, AACFAS, provides customized care for Achilles tendonitis at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. If you think you have Achilles tendonitis, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Achilles tendonitis happens when the Achilles tendon, which is the largest tendon in your body, becomes irritated and inflamed. The Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. You use this tendon for a variety of activities, including running, jumping, and climbing stairs.
Dr. Schilero provides individualized treatment for Achilles tendonitis so you can get back to the activities you love as quickly as possible.
Anyone can get Achilles tendonitis, but it’s especially common in athletes and weekend warriors. Most of the time, Achilles tendonitis is due to overuse from repetitive stress rather than a specific injury.
You may be at increased risk of getting Achilles tendonitis if you suddenly increase the amount or intensity of an exercise. Having flat feet or tight calf muscles can also increase your risk by putting more strain on your Achilles tendon.
Achilles tendonitis causes ankle pain that occurs along the cord-like tendon behind your heel. Pain may be worse in the morning or the day after you exercise. You may also notice swelling, or a thickening of the tendon.
If you hear or feel a sudden pop at the back of your heel or calf followed by severe pain, you may have torn your Achilles tendon. Call Dr. Schilero right away if you think you have a tendon tear.
First, Dr. Schilero asks you to describe your symptoms and concerns. She examines your foot and ankle, checking for signs of Achilles tendonitis, such as swelling and tenderness. She may perform tests, such as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, to evaluate the extent of your tendon damage.
After she diagnoses your condition, Dr. Schilero develops a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Most cases of Achilles tendonitis improve with nonsurgical treatments, such as:
If your Achilles tendon is torn, or if you continue to experience pain and symptoms after more than six months of treatment, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Schilero is highly trained in the most advanced foot and ankle surgery techniques.
For expert care of Achilles tendonitis, call Christina Schilero, DPM, AACFAS, or book an appointment online today.