Facts About Achilles Tendonitis
At Goldsmith Podiatry we see many cases of Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body and the strongest. It is also one of the most frequently injured. Symptoms of an inflamed tendon include:
- Pain at the back of the heel or anywhere along the tendon which runs down the back of your lower leg from your calf to your heel
- Soreness, stiffness or pain first thing in the morning.Discomfortmay improve once you get moving but gets worse again with prolonged activity
- Tenderness and/or intense pain when the sides of the tendon are squeezed
To find out for sure if Achilles tendonitis is what is causing your symptoms, you will need to make an appointment at our New York City office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Howard Goldsmith and Dr. Rosanna Troia, will examine your foot and lower leg and may order x-rays or other imaging studies to confirm the diagnosis.
In the meantime, below are some facts about this disorder that will help you prevent and treat it:
FACT: Achilles tendonitis is primarily caused by overuse. It affects both experienced athletes and “weekend warriors.” Any sudden increase in activities that stretch the tendon, such as sprints, climbing stairs, jumps or hill running, can cause inflammation of the tendon. If you are starting a new exercise program after being inactive for a period of time, you have an increased risk of Achilles tendonitis.
FACT: The likelihood of having Achilles tendonitis goes up if you have flat feet, since this condition puts a strain on the heel and tendon.
FACT: Your shoe choice can help prevent this condition. Wearing properly fitting shoes with good arch supportwill help keep your foot and lower leg properly aligned and reduce strain on the tendon.
FACT: You should always do stretches before exercising to warm up your calf and other leg and foot muscles. Stretching prepares your muscles and tendons to work and reduces the chances of injury significantly.
FACT: At the first signs of Achilles tendon pain or discomfort, you should discontinue the activity causing the pain and rest. Icing and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications will reduce pain and swelling but only rest will allow the tendon to recover.