The Foot Specialty Practice
Podiatrists located in Kings County, Brooklyn, NY
Your Achilles tendon, the longest tendon in your body, is prone to injury and overuse, especially if you’re an athlete. If you’re experiencing pain and tenderness down the back of your calf, schedule an Achilles tendon evaluation at The Foot Specialty Practice in the Kings County of Brooklyn, New York, today. Request your exam online or call the clinic directly.
Achilles Tendon Q & A
What causes Achilles tendon pain?
Your Achilles tendon connects your heel bone to your calf muscles in your lower leg. Even though your Achilles tendon is strong and designed to absorb impact, it isn’t very flexible and can be prone to injury and chronic inflammation (Achilles tendonitis). If you’re experiencing Achilles tendon pain, it could be caused by:
- Overuse or repetitive use, which is common with athletes and runners
- Training on a hilly, hard, or uneven surface
- Differences in your leg lengths
- Ill-fitting or overworn shoes
- Cold weather training
- Tight calf muscles
- Flat feet
It’s also possible to tear or rupture your Achilles tendon when you land incorrectly while running or jumping, trip and fall down, or pivot incorrectly.
When should I see a podiatrist for Achilles tendon pain?
Pain in your legs and feet is never something you should ignore. The expert podiatrists at The Foot Specialty Practice encourage you to come in for an evaluation if you experience any of the following issues.
- Leg or ankle soreness, tenderness, or stiffness
- Difficulty pointing or flexing your foot
- Swelling around your ankle or heel
- Redness, warmth, or bruising
It’s also important to have an Achilles tendon evaluation right away if your pain is so severe, you can’t bear weight on your affected leg.
How are Achilles tendon injuries treated?
The Foot Specialty Practice tailors your Achilles tendon treatment plan to relieve pain and inflammation, while simultaneously promoting healing. Depending on the severity of your Achilles tendon injury, your dedicated podiatrist may suggest one or more of the following solutions.
- Physical therapy
- Custom orthotics
- Activity modifications
- Bracing, casting, or splinting
- Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
In most cases, combining these types of treatments helps relieve Achilles pain and inflammation. But if you have a more severe Achilles tendon injury, like a rupture, your podiatrist at The Foot Specialty Practice could recommend surgery to graft tissues or make any essential repairs.
Book your Achilles tendon evaluation at The Foot Specialty Practice today, so you can get started on pain-relieving treatments quickly. Request an appointment either online or over the phone.