Achilles Tendonitis Specialist

Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists -  - Podiatrist

Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Mission Viejo, CA & Laguna Hills, CA

If you have persistent soreness, tenderness, or burning in the back of your heel, it could be Achilles tendonitis. At Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists, with offices in Mission Viejo and Laguna Hills, California, the team of podiatry specialists uses advanced methods to skillfully diagnose and treat Achilles tendonitis before it can worsen or cause complications like tendon rupture. Call the office in your area or book an appointment online today.

Achilles Tendonitis Q & A

What is Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is an injury in the tendon that connects your calf muscle and heel. Usually, Achilles tendonitis causes symptoms in the spot where the tendon tucks into your heel bone. Usually, your Achilles tendon acts like a rubber band, smoothly tightening and lengthening as you move. 

With Achilles tendonitis, the tendon grows quite irritated and inflamed, leading to symptoms like soreness, tenderness, burning, or pain in the back of your heel. You may also experience stiffness, stiffness, or difficulty moving your heel. The discomfort typically worsens with physical activity. 

What causes Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis occurs with repetitive stress to the Achilles tendon. This commonly occurs when you suddenly increase your exercise intensity or duration. 

The condition is quite common in distance runners who try to push their bodies too hard, too fast. Both weekend warriors and high-level athletes might develop Achilles tendonitis.

If you have flat feet, arthritis, short Achilles tendons, or tight calf muscles, you're more likely to develop Achilles tendonitis. 

When do I need Achilles tendonitis treatment?

Mild cases of Achilles tendonitis may improve with basic care at home. Discontinue physical activity as much as you can. If you continue your normal activities while injured, your vulnerable tendon can rupture, at which point it becomes a serious injury requiring immediate attention.

While resting your foot and ankle, apply ice packs for 15 minutes at a time, three or four times a day. The pain should recede within a week, in most cases. 

If your pain lasts for more than a week — or if you have severe pain — schedule an appointment at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists promptly.

How is Achilles tendonitis treated?

Achilles tendonitis treatment usually includes a combination of approaches, such as:

  • Home exercises like calf stretching
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Heel lift
  • Cortisone injections  
  • Walking boot or bracing

If your Achilles tendonitis doesn't improve with these methods, the Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists team may recommend minimally invasive surgery to repair your damaged tendon. 

After treatment, gradually returning to your normal activities is best to avoid another Achilles tendonitis flare-up. 

For help with Achilles tendinitis and other sports injuries, call the expert podiatrists at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.