The Achilles Tendon is the largest in the body, enabling us with the ability to run and walk. However, because of the amount of use it endures, there is a higher likelihood for issues to develop. The wear and tear can cause inflammation and degeneration of the tissues, or Achilles tendinitis. It can also be caused by a sudden intense increase in exercise, improper form (pronation) when running, or extra bone growth around the heel bone. If the tendinitis is severe enough, it can cause extreme pain and weakness in the Achilles tendon, heel, and ankles.
- Pain in the Achilles tendon (from the back of the heel, into the back of the ankle).
- Inflammation or persistent swelling of the tendon.
- Pain due to a bone spur aggravating tissue and nerves in and around the heel of the foot.
- Stiffness in the lower calf area, after long periods of rest or during exercise.
If you have any of the abovementioned symptoms affecting your Achilles tendon, make an appointment at our Fords, NJ office with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Carl Ingrassia. The sooner your symptoms are treated, the less severe any complications that may arise. Some options that Dr. Ingrassia may discuss with you are:
- Massage and ice the area for relief. You can use a bottle or foam roller for massaging the lower calf.
- Pain and inflammation relief medications, such as NSAIDs (ibuprofen or naproxen).
- Strength and Conditioning – Physical therapy can help to strengthen and stretch the muscles around the Achilles tendon to support the weakened ankle.
- Orthotic inserts and shoes – If the Achilles Tendinitis is causing pain in the bottom of the feet or heels, supportive footwear can reduce physical irritation as well as correct any changes to posture or gait you may have made into habit due to pain.
- Wear a boot to restrict further movement and therefore, irritation to the tendon.
Surgery may be necessary if Dr. Ingrassia assesses the issue and his treatment recommendations do not resolve or reduce the symptoms. He and his team at Fords Foot and Ankle Care will use the latest technology and treatment options to give you optimal care. Call us today at (732) 738-4441!