Your Achilles Tendon is an important aspect of your foot and ankle makeup. Achilles Tendinitis is however a usual foot injury. It’s painful because the pain starts from the rear of the heel. Our team of doctors, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition. Come visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.
Those who experience AchillesTendinitis know that the pain accompanying this condition can be severe. This may be the case because the Achilles tendon is the biggest tendon in the body and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. This connection of muscles and bone provides the mechanism for walking or running. Since the tendon is located behind the heel, tendinitis makes a sharp pain that is unique from the pain associated with other foot and ankle conditions because the tendon enlarges and does not heal correctly, allowing it to get steadily worse. Further tearing of the tendon will require surgery. Anti-inflammatories do not give the same level of comfort as they do with other injuries because the muscle pain continues throughout the day as the medicine fades away. Basically, when your body is pushed to the limits too quick, tendinitis is likely to occur. If you have tight calf muscles, sudden exercise could provoke tendinitis.
Rest and ice are very important forms of treatment. Exercising is also a smart choice for treatment. Preventive measures are highly recommended for those susceptible to tendinitis. Also, cortisone injections are strong medication used to reduce swelling. However, because it’s a steroid, cortisone is not used frequently for fear of its tendency to make the tendon rupture when used in large amounts.
If you are experiencing Achilles Tendinitis, please contact our office today for an appointment as soon as possible. You will have a better quality of life for doing so since treating bunions earlier on is of utmost importance for your general foot and ankle health.