Treating Achilles Tendonitis

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The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to your heel bone, and it has the distinction of being the largest tendon in your body! While injuries to the Achilles tendon are quite common in professional athletes and marathon runners, anyone can suffer this injury and proper evaluation and treatment are essential to avoid further problems.

The Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis

Continuing to strain your Achilles tendon after an injury should be avoided since you may cause the tendon to tear which would then require surgery to repair.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, stop exercising until you know the extent of the damage:

  • Stiffness and pain in the heel and calf muscle, particularly right after getting up after a period of rest
  • Heel pain that gets worse with exercise
  • A small bump called a bone spur protruding from the back of the heel
  • Swelling on the back of the heel or in the calf muscle that increases with exercise

Treatments for Achilles tendonitis

When detected early, most cases of Achilles tendonitis can be effectively treated with non-surgical treatments that include the following:

  • Resting the affected foot—Stop doing activities that make the symptoms worse.
  • Ice the area—Apply ice to the heel for fifteen minute intervals, several times a day.
  • Stretching exercises—Specific stretching exercises for the calf muscle can also help heal the Achilles tendon.
  • Wearing the proper shoes with orthotic insertsSpecial shoes and/or inserts that raise the heel up can speed the healing process of the tendon.

If relief isn’t attained after two or three weeks, it may be necessary to discuss a surgical solution with your foot doctor in order to repair the tendon or to excise a bone spur. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry in Twinsburg,  E.J. Nemet, DPM, treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.