If you run, play sports, or lead a physically active lifestyle, you’re more likely to experience Achilles tendonitis. At Universal Footcare in Chelsea, Manhattan, board-certified podiatrist Neha Pathak, DPM, provides safe, effective treatment for Achilles tendonitis. To schedule an appointment at the New York City-based practice, call the office or book online today.
Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury that causes your Achilles tendon –– a thick band of fibrous tissue that connects your calf muscles to your lower heel bone –– to become irritated and inflamed.
Most cases of Achilles tendonitis resolve on their own with conservative, at-home treatments like rest, ice, and elevation. If your problems persist or continue to get worse, it’s important to seek professional medical help.
The most obvious symptom of Achilles tendonitis is a dull pain that affects your lower leg, directly above your heel or ankle. Pain caused by Achilles tendonitis is usually worse just after physical activity, like running or playing a sport.
As the condition progresses, you might also experience pain or stiffness in the morning just after you wake up. This can make it difficult to walk the dog, climb a flight of stairs, or perform routine activities.
Achilles tendonitis affects people of all ages, races, and genders. Several factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to experience Achilles tendonitis if you wear old or worn-out shoes during training or exercise.
To diagnose Achilles tendonitis, Dr. Pathak conducts a thorough consultation. This includes a review of your medical history, a discussion of your symptoms and lifestyle, and a physical exam.
During your exam, Dr. Pathak gently presses on the back of your leg to feel for areas of pain, tenderness, or swelling.
Next, she evaluates the strength, flexibility, range of motion, and reflexes of your foot and ankle. If these measures don’t provide enough information, she orders X-rays or an MRI to produce detailed images of your bones, joints, and Achilles tendon.
At Universal Footcare, Dr. Pathak uses conservative, integrative measures to treat Achilles tendonitis. If you have mild or moderate symptoms, you might benefit from physical therapy, at-home stretches, or custom orthotics, which Dr. Pathak sells in her office.
If your symptoms don’t improve within several months of these conservative treatment measures, you may benefit from surgical intervention. During surgery for Achilles tendonitis, Dr. Pathak repairs your Achilles tendon, preventing further wear-and-tear damage.
To explore your treatment options for Achilles tendonitis, schedule an appointment at Universal Footcare. Call the office or book online today.