Achilles tendonitis can produce some serious pain. It’s not something we tend to worry about, but it should be treated with urgency. Achilles tendonitis is a progressive ailment that causes the tendon’s functionality to worsen due to constant tearing. Discomfort ranges from severe aching to a warm sensation emanating from the torn ligaments. Actions that intensify the risk of damage to the Achilles tendon include running, other sports or even performance dancing. Sudden movements when raising the foot can also lead to tendonitis. Other factors causing injury to your Achilles tendon include wearing shoes with high heels, having a collapsed arch or other deformities. Symptoms associated with Achilles tendonitis include harsh calf pain, heel swelling and loss of toe function.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Use medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation.
- Participate in physical therapy that will have you stretching your calf. The calf muscle is an integral part of the mechanics that allow the Achilles tendon to work, so strengthening it could provide many useful benefits in the fight against tendonitis.
- Use cold therapy to decrease swelling.
- Cortisone steroids may assist with reducing pain. This form of treatment should be used with caution as it could have harmful side effects when used incorrectly.
- Foot support devices such as orthotics can have a lasting impact with regard to the longevity of your Achilles tendon.
- Wear the right type of shoes that have cushioned soles so that the tendon is not faced with constant pressure from walking.
Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can help to put an end to problems with your Achilles tendon. If you’re ready to give your feet a much-needed break from tendonitis for good, contact us to make an appointment today. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We will be waiting to provide you with exceptional foot care to combat your tendonitis issues.