Medical Issue

Achilles Tendinitis (Tendinitis)

Achilles Tendinitis (Tendinitis)

Achilles tendinitis is an injury to the Achilles tendon, a fiber bundle that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone in the back of the leg. In Achilles tendinitis, the tendon is damaged, but not torn (Achilles rupture).

Symptoms

Achilles tendinitis may be experienced as pain the back of the ankle or near the back of the heel. With exercise, the pain is likely to be pronounced.

Risk Factors

The risk of experiencing Achilles tendinitis increases for men who are older. It is also more likely in overweight people with high blood pressure or among those who are taking some types of antibiotics. Finally, wearing shoes with little or no arch support can increase risk.

Causes

Achilles tendinitis may be caused by repetitive activity or intense strain when walking, running, or jumping. Because the Achilles tendon weakens with age, older people may be more likely to experience the issue.

Treatment

Achilles tendinitis symptoms can often be treated with over the counter anti-inflammatories. Prescription anti-inflammatory drugs may also be helpful. Shoes with improved arch support, or physical therapy and stretching exercises, can reduce the strain on the tendon. Custom prescribed orthotics is a treatment option. Repairing the tendon with surgery may be required.

The Concierge Podiatry Advantage

At Concierge Podiatry we recommend Perfect Posture Orthotics to reduce tension on the tendon, laser therapy to reduce inflammation and speed healing. Because tendons do not have the same regenerative ability as other parts of the body, we may recommend Platelet Rich Protein (PRP) therapy to speed healing. We take the time needed to diagnose and explain any treatment options before beginning any course of treatment.

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