Running can be a great release from your problems. It allows you to step away from your troubles for a moment and concentrate on only you and the pavement. At the Community Foot Clinic of McPherson we understand that your mobility and freedom are one and the same. So when conditions like Achilles tendonitis strike, our dedicated staff makes your treatment their top priority. We’ll get you back on your feet in no time.
What is it?
Walking, running, and jumping all heavily rely upon the Achilles tendon. This tendon spans from the back of the leg muscles and connects to the heel bone. The associated “tendonitis” describes the degeneration and inflammation of this particular tendon. Because this condition generally develops with overuse, Achilles tendonitis is typically seen in athletes who strain their legs and feet. Patients should not allow this problem to go untreated, as the tendon can gradually become weaker and even rupture.
How do I know if I have this condition?
The back of the heel is often in extreme pain after periods of rest. Patients also find that the area is stiff, swollen, and warm to the touch. The pains of Achilles tendonitis are identifiable by their nature to decrease temporarily with an increase in activity. Foot and ankle pain is not normal. If you detect any problems, contact our McPherson office as soon as possible to allow Dr. Trent Timson to perform a thorough foot and ankle examination and provide a diagnosis.
How is Achilles tendonitis treated?
Rest is vital during recovery. Straining the Achilles tendon can further the damage. In order to stay active, patients should switch to lower impact exercises like swimming and cycling. In proportion to the relatively short period of time it takes to acquire this condition, the healing process may be lengthy. Some cases may take three months to cure completely.
For pain relief, patients often utilize a variety of techniques involving icing, medications, stretching exercises, and shock wave therapy treatments. Certain orthotics and shoe inserts can also aid in the management of tendonitis symptoms as they can reduce the pressure on the tendon. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to remove inflamed tissues or bone spurs that are causing the condition.
Without proper care and treatment, Achilles tendonitis will develop into a more serious and painful state. In order to shorten your recovery time and get pain relief, contact our McPherson office at 620-241-3313.
How is Achilles tendonitis caused?
This condition is most commonly caused by overuse in younger patients. While the body’s tendons can adjust and strengthen with a steady increase in activity, surges in the intensity or amount of activity can be dangerous for the lower limbs. If the Achilles tendon is not properly stretched, the calf muscles can remain tight during exercise and the strain can begin the development of tendonitis. This condition can also form as the result of high impact to the foot; running on hard surfaces without wearing shoes that properly support the feet and ankles can lead to a host of foot problems. In middle-aged to senior patients, this problem can also form from previously existing arthritic conditions.