Achilles heel treatment in Dallas, Plano & Texas, also known as Achilles tendonitis is a condition whereby the Achilles’ tendon is inflamed or injured which causes pain.
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body that stretches from the heel bones to the calf muscles. It is a springy band of tissue at the back of your ankle and above your heel that allows you to point your toes downwards and upwards.
Achilles heel treatment in Dallas, Plano & Texas tendon can get injured from an accident or falling from a height. Continuous, intense physical activity, such as running and jumping, can also cause the Achilles’ tendon to get inflamed and cause pain.
The pain can be mild or moderate. The pain could also feel like a burning pain and you may feel stiffness in that part of your leg. You will feel severe pain if your Achilles tendon is partly torn or completely ruptured.
Causes of Achilles tendonitis
Common causes of Achilles tendonitis are continuous intense physical activities such as running, jumping, or walking. Repeated activities that strain the Achilles’ tendon can cause tendonitis.
Men that are 30 years or above are more likely to have Achilles tendonitis.
Athletes are especially prone to Achilles tendinitis. This is because at the start of a race, an athlete surges off the starting block and this abrupt action can be too much for the tendon to handle causing an injury to the Achilles’ tendon.
Other causes of Achilles tendonitis include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Exercising without a proper warm-up
- Sports such as tennis and football that require quick stops and changes of direction
- A sudden increase in physical activity
- Wearing old or poorly fitted shoes
- Frequent or prolonged wearing of high heels
- Bone spurs in the back of your heels
- Flat feet or fallen arches
- Very tight leg muscles or tendons
Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis
The common symptoms of Achilles tendonitis are pain above your heel and swelling in the backside of your heel. You feel the pain more when you stretch your ankle or stand on your toes and when you walk or run.
The pain may be mild and get better or worse over time. You may feel severe pain if the tendon is partially torn or completely ruptured.
Other symptoms include:
- Feeling of tenderness in your heel
- Swollen heel
- Stiffness in your heel
- Snapping or popping sound when your Achilles heel is ruptured
- Difficulty pointing your toes and pushing off your toes when taking steps
- Discomfort in the back of your heel
- Tight calf muscles
- Limited range of motion when flexing your foot
- Overly warm skin on your heel
Treatment of Achilles tendonitis
There are different treatment options for Achilles tendonitis depending on the severity of your condition.
Resting your leg
Resting your leg and taking the weight of your body off your leg can help relieve pain. You may need to use crutches when walking to take the weight of your body away from your heel.
Placing ice packs on your heel for about 20 minutes at a time for several times may help numb the pain.
Using compression elastic bandage around your lower leg and ankle help to reduce swelling.
Elevating your leg
Elevating your legs above your chest can help reduce pain.
Wearing shoes with built-up heels help to take tension off your Achilles’ tendon and protect it from further stretching.
Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen can help reduce pain and swelling.
Injecting corticosteroids into the pain area can help to reduce pain if you feel severe pain.
Surgery may be required if other conservative treatments don’t stop the pain or improve your condition. Surgery may be needed to repair your Achilles’ tendon if it is ruptured or torn.
The aim of the surgery is to sew up the torn or ruptured tendon. The surgery involves opening up your leg above the heel bone and then sewing the two ruptured tendons back together.
Recovery from surgery can take a few weeks to a few months before you recover fully.