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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
January 08, 2020

At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we fully expect to start seeing more cases of Achilles tendonitis once the “get fit” New Year’s resolutions kick into high gear. Although becoming physically fit is an excellent goal, too many of our Hartford and Middlesex county patients can be overzealous in their approach, which often results in lower extremity pain and injury. 

The Achilles tendon is a long band of tissue that stretches down the back of your lower leg, connecting your calf muscle to your heel bone. While this is a very strong tendon, overuse can cause it to become inflamed and even to suffer damage in the form of micro-tears.

Below are five steps to take to prevent Achilles tendonitis:

  1. Don’t overdo it when starting a new exercise routine. The most common cause of injury to the Achilles tendon is a sudden increase in physical activity after an extended period of inactivity. Once the resolution to get in shape has been made, many times people get carried away with their enthusiasm and a “more is better” approach is adopted. The better course is to start out slowly and gradually, over a period of weeks, work up to a higher intensity workout of longer duration.

  2. Stretch it out. Whatever sport or activity you choose, start by warming up your muscles with some light movements and then stretch your calf muscles before going fully into your routine.
  3. Wear the right shoes. Choose footwear that is specifically designed for the activity you are doing. Patients who overpronate are more likely to aggravate their Achilles tendon. Talk to our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M., for shoe recommendations if you overpronate.
  4. Choose a sound fitness program. Hill running, stair climbing and rapidly pushing off or increasing speed when running are all activities that can inflame the Achilles tendon. Be sure that these types of activities are done in moderation if they are part of your workout plan.
  5. Get pain evaluated promptly. If at any time during your workout your Achilles tendon starts to hurt, stop and rest. If the pain persists after your workout, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices for an appointment to determine if there is inflammation or injury.
By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
December 20, 2017

When the Achilles Tendon is inflamed, you can surely feel it. Our podiatrists, 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., will treat any issues with your Achilles Tendon with care and efficiency at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Another valuable resource is our Patient Education library, where you can learn more about foot and ankle health.

Achilles Tendinitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This condition produces variable pain. The steady nature of this condition inclines to leave those who experience it stunned when the pain becomes major. When the Achilles tendon is placed under a significant amount of pressure, tendinitis may occur. The tendon can rupture if not timely treated, which would necessitate surgery. As you can imagine, the pain accompanying a rupture would be severe. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and joins the calf muscles to the heel bone, which provides the ability to walk, run or any other activity that involves that type of motion. This condition produces a sharp pain that is different from other foot and ankle pains since as the tendon gets bigger and does not heal properly, it can get much worse.

Treatment for this condition involves the use of anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling and pain, although it is not as effective here as it is in treating other foot conditions due to the nature of this tendon. Physical therapy is especially helpful for this condition as it can help to alleviate pain while strengthening the Achilles tendon to help prevent a future reoccurrence.

It is important to exercise caution with this condition as it may not produce pain while it’s developing. Therefore, it is imperative that your Achilles tendon receive timely treatment to counteract the effects of this condition to avoid a tendon rupture. Please contact us right away to get your tendon back to a normal state!


By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
October 12, 2017
Category: Foot Injuries

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon you have, so it makes sense that it’s prone to injury, which can cause moderate to severe pain. Thankfully, our podiatrists, 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 provide you with excellent knowledge and treatment plans to help you overcome an injury of this nature. You can reach us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860)-563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Please also review our Patient Education section for information about your Achilles tendon.

Achilles Tendon Injuries are common because they extend from the heel bone to the calf muscles. The pain associated with this type of injury can range from a scorching feeling to severe pain if it tears. Activities that increase the risk of an injury to the Achilles tendon include running, ballet or even high intensity sports. Sudden movements when lifting the foot and immediate actions can also lead to this condition. Other factors in causing an Achilles tendon injury include high heels, flat feet, firm tendons or other complications.                                        

Treatment for this condition includes medicines to getting plenty of rest. Avoiding the placement of weight on the leg with the injury, using crutches or ice, compression and elevation   will help to ensure a quick recovery. Furthermore, stretching the injured tendon will help to strengthen it and prevent reoccurrence. Slowly easing into normal activities like jogging and then running will help to allow for the Achilles tendon to experience less pain. Failure to gradually ease into higher intensity activities may cause future problems with the tendon that may require surgery to completely heal. Once the injury is healed, wearing appropriate foot wear with ample amounts of support will help to prevent unnatural movements caused by sudden actions. Since treating this condition early on is crucial to the longevity and well-being of your Achilles tendon, contact us today and you’ll get on the road to recovery faster than you thought possible.



By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Category: Foot Injuries

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.