Treating Your Achilles Tendon
Walking and running can be painful when you have an Achilles tendon condition. Your Henrico, Hanover, West End and Richmond, VA achilles tendonpodiatrists at Achilles Foot and Ankle Center is available to help today.
What is the Achilles tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a band of fibrous tissue that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. A healthy tendon is essential for running, walking and jumping.
What type of problems can affect the Achilles tendon?
Although your Achilles tendon is made up of very tough tissue, it can be damaged due to injuries or overuse. Common Achilles tendon conditions include:
- Achilles Tendinitis: Achilles tendinitis is common in runners, due to the repetitive movements involved in the sport. Anything that stresses the tendon, such as tight calf muscles, flat feet or shoes that don’t provide adequate support, can cause it to become inflamed. Your risk of developing Achilles tendinitis increases if you spend hours working on your feet.
- Achilles Tendonosis: Achilles tendonosis occurs when small tears begin to develop in the tendon. The condition can occur if you have Achilles tendinitis and return to your normal activities too soon.
- Achilles Tendon Rupture: Ruptures tend to affect people who participate in sports that involve running or jumping or are involved in activities that require them to push off the ground forcefully with their feet. Ruptures may also occur due to trauma or a fall. If you have rheumatoid arthritis or gout, or have weak tendons, your risk of developing a rupture may increase. Ruptures may involve a full or partial tear of the tendon.
How can a West End, Henrico, Richmond, Hanover, VS foot doctor help me?
Staying off your feet as much as possible will give your Achilles tendon time to heal if you have Achilles tendonosis or tendinitis. If your injury doesn’t start to improve in a week or two, it’s a good idea to visit your podiatrist. Depending on the type and severity of your injury, they can offer a variety of treatments, including physical therapy, ultrasound treatments, heel cups, walking boots, shockwave therapy and cortisone injections. If your condition doesn’t improve or you’ve torn your Achilles tendon, surgery may be recommended.
Are you tired of living with Achilles tendon pain? Your Richmond, VA podiatrists at Achilles Foot and Ankle Center offer treatments that will help relieve your symptoms. Call today to make an appointment.