Gentle Foot and Ankle Care
Podiatry located in Madison Heights, Troy, Commerce Township & South Lyon
If you injure your Achilles tendon, it can affect your mobility and keep you from work or exercise. At Gentle Foot and Ankle Care, the team of expert podiatrists provides diagnosis and treatment of Achilles tendon injuries and disorders. To make an appointment at the practice in Madison Heights, Troy, Commerce Township, or South Lyon, Michigan, call the nearest office, or click the online booking feature today.
Achilles Tendon Q & A
What is the Achilles tendon?
Your Achilles tendon is a thick band of tissue that connects your calf muscles to your heel. As the largest tendon in your body, it stretches during exercise, allowing your foot a complete range of motion.
The Achilles tendon is incredibly tough, but it’s susceptible to injury and inflammation. If you regularly experience pain at the back of your heel and it doesn’t respond to at-home treatments like ice and rest, contact the team at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care.
What are the symptoms of Achilles tendon injuries and inflammation?
The most common symptom of an Achilles tendon injury is pain at the back of the heel. Depending on the severity of the injury, the pain might extend into your ankle or toes. You might also notice your foot feels swollen, stiff, or sensitive.
If you rupture or tear your Achilles tendon, you might hear a popping or snapping sound. You might also experience swelling and bruising or have difficulty placing weight on your affected foot.
Who is at risk of an Achilles tendon injury?
Anyone can experience an Achilles tendon injury, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
- Having bone spurs
- Wearing high heels or other shoes that place pressure on your Achilles tendon
- Participating in high impact exercise, like running or gymnastics
- Working out on uneven surfaces
- Taking certain medications
You’re also more likely to experience an Achilles tendon injury if you have an underlying medical condition that weakens the soft tissues, like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or gout.
How are Achilles tendon issues diagnosed?
To diagnose Achilles tendon injuries and disorders, your Gentle Foot and Ankle Care provider asks about your symptoms and reviews your medical history.
Next, your provider conducts a comprehensive exam. During the exam, they observe your gait and posture and conduct several tests to assess the condition of your Achilles tendon.
Your provider also orders diagnostic imaging like X-rays or an MRI. These imaging tests can identify tendon damage and help your provider determine the best type of treatment.
How are Achilles tendon injuries and disorders treated?
Treatment of an Achilles tendon injury or disorder depends on various factors, including the intensity of your symptoms and their effect on your daily life. The team at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care usually recommends conservative treatments, like:
- Ice and rest
- Elevating your foot
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication
- Stretches and strengthening exercises
If you tear your Achilles tendon, the team might recommend surgery. During surgery, your provider makes a small incision at the back of your ankle and sews your tendon back together. The process is minimally invasive and provides lasting results.
To learn more about the treatment options for Achilles tendon injuries and disorders, make an appointment at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking feature today.
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