Achilles Tendinitis is typically an overuse injury. A sudden increase in speed, intensity, or duration of an exercise can trigger a flare-up of symptoms. You might experience pain, redness, and inflammation of the tendon. Over time, chronic injury can lead to crippling constant pain. If you keep exercising and straining your ankles while you have even the slightest pain, it can make your Achilles tendinitis more severe.
One of our podiatrists can diagnose symptoms of Achilles tendinitis by squeezing the back of the Achilles heel, and/or by medical diagnostic imaging, such as MRIs, ultrasounds, or X-rays.
Our podiatrists might suggest one of the following treatment options:
● RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) – Using a cold compress, compression wrap, and/or elevating the feet while resting can help with reducing pain or swelling.
● Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to reduce symptoms of pain and inflammation.
● Wearing over-the-counter orthotics or arch support inserts in shoes that have a supportive backing can help reduce heel pain. Additionally, if necessary, our podiatrists can help you create custom orthotic shoes to fit your foot shape.
● Physical therapy – stretches and exercises that strengthen the ankles can help support Achilles’ tendons that are weak or swollen.
● Steroid or cortisone injections to reduce chronic inflammation and tenderness.
● Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), using high-energy laser therapy to repair damaged tissues.
● Surgery to repair a torn or ruptured tendon. This is usually a last resort option as it is most invasive, expensive, and requires much more healing time.
If your symptoms of Achilles tendinitis have been getting worse, make an appointment with our podiatrists at The Podiatry Group in Jonesboro, AR. It’s important to treat your ankle issue sooner rather than later so that we can help you with milder and quicker treatments. Our expert team of foot doctors can perform a thorough assessment at our office.