Achilles tendonitis occurs when the tendons in the foot or ankle become inflamed due to injuries from overuse or trauma. When it is not cared for in a timely manner, the condition that affects the large tendon connecting the calf muscle and heel bone can cause complications and pain.
Who develops tendonitis?
You will see this type of injury happen most often in those who are active due to the stress they constantly place on their feet. Athletes commonly suffer from tendonitis, as the Achilles tendon plays an important role in jumping, running, pivoting, and even walking. Those who are older can also be at higher risk for tendonitis due to their tendons becoming less flexible.
If left untreated, this type of injury can result in difficulty participating in routine tasks or perform activities that you take for granted. Proper care and prevention are paramount in extending the longevity of your tendons.
Treatment for this condition includes:
● Participation in physical therapy to help strengthen your calf muscles.
● Use medications that can reduce pain and alleviate swelling.
● Use cold therapy to also diminish inflammation.
● Use shoes that are comfortable so that they do not.
● Use ice therapy to reduce inflammation.
● Place foot support devices in your shoes that provide support for your arch.
● Use casts to help an injured tendon heal.
● Undergo surgery to repair tendons when conservative treatment methods are ineffective.
We are here to help
Here at Cange Podiatry Inc., our podiatrist, Darlyne Cange, DPM, knows what it takes to take your tendons back to the health they used to be in. If you’ve had a great amount of tendon pain and want it to end, contact us to make an appointment today. We are located in Ellicott City and Glen Burnie, MD, and look forward to alleviating your tendon pain so that you can get back to playing sports or leading the active lifestyle that you deserve.