Achilles tendonitis can be a painful condition, but one that with the help of our Elgin foot doctor, you can manage and heal. At Alm Foot Care, we focus on keeping your feet healthy, flexible, and strong. And when you’re suffering from a foot injury, we’re dedicated to repairing the damage and providing you relief from any discomfort you may be experiencing.
When the band of tissue that connects your calf muscles at the back of your lower leg to your heel bone becomes overused, this can lead to achilles tendonitis. Unfortunately, this tendon usually becomes weaker with age, making injury to it more likely as you get older. This possibility is increased if you remain sedentary, being active only sporadically or on weekends, as in the weekend warrior who sits at their desk during the week and then goes hiking on their day off. But by being aware and taking some simple precautions, you can improve your chances of keeping your achilles tendon strong and avoiding injury. Our Elgin foot doctor will give you the expert guidance to make that a reality.
Identifying achilles tendonitis can start with an aching in the back of your leg or above your heel after you engage in physical activity such as running, walking fast, or even climbing stair. Stiffness in the morning, especially if the stiffness is relieved after some mild activity, is another possible sign. These are not urgent symptoms, but it can be helpful to be examined and diagnosed by our Elgin foot doctor in a timely fashion. If you experience severe pain in or around your achilles tendon, though, this could mean you’ve torn your achilles tendon so call us right away to arrange an appointment.
In mild to moderate cases of achilles tendonitis, self-care at home under the supervision of our Elgin foot doctor may be enough to treat it. Orthotic devices can also be useful in alleviating symptoms. You may also want to ice the area after exercise or anytime you feel discomfort or pain, being sure to elevate your foot above ear level to achieve relief. Over the counter medications like ibuprofen and naproxen are usually effective too. In severe cases, or if all of the simpler methods have been exhausted without positive results, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.