Achilles Tendon disorders

Have you noticed inflammation, tenderness and irritation of the area behind the ankle? It could be caused by a condition called Achilles Tendonitis. Commonly found in middle-aged patients that frequently participate in recreation or sports, this condition is caused by overuse and can result in painful irritation and even swelling. If left untreated, the long term effects are also very serious – small tears and weak points that form within the stressed tendon could eventually cause debilitating rupture.

If your pain is centered over the back of the heel, chances are that you need to be diagnosed and begin treatment for tendonitis. Much like other muscles, stiffness contributes to the symptoms of this foot condition, which is why the pain will feel most prominent after inactivity, such as sitting in a desk chair for several hours, or first thing in the morning when getting out of bed.

What Should I Do if I have Achilles Tendonitis?

If you suspect you have this issue, making an appointment to see your podiatrist for diagnosis is the first step. Without proper medical diagnosis, you may be treating the wrong condition and ultimately end up with worse pain or mobility problems. Once you’ve confirmed that you do suffer from this foot condition, here are a few steps you can take to lessen your pain:

  • Immobilization and Rest: While this may seem counterintuitive as inactivity can cause tendonitis, letting the swelling and inflammation subside after a flare-up is critical to treatment. Severe cases may require a walking boot or cast for a period of time, or a brief application of ice.
  • Heel Wedge or Orthotic: If your condition is being aggravated by an existing foot bed or arch problem, these removable inserts, shaped to your foot by a medical professional, can help alleviate symptoms.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medicine: Also called NSAIDs, these pills are available over the counter, and include brands such as Motrin and Ibuprofen. When taken as directed, this medication will quickly reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Other Medical Options: These include advanced care such as TOPAZ Coblation Therapy; be sure to ask your podiatrist which care options are appropriate for you.