The Achilles tendon runs along the back of your leg, connecting your calf muscle to your heel. It is one of the strongest tendons in your body, but also one of the most frequently injured. At Texas Foot Specialists, we have seen many cases where surgery is needed to repair an Achilles tendon, which could have been avoided if treatment was sought earlier.
Achilles Tendonitis—when the Achilles tendon is strained by a sudden increase in a repetitive activity that uses the tendon, inflammation can occur. Being gung-ho and starting to run 3 miles a day after having been inactive for many months, or doubling the amount of time on the stair stepper or the hills you run, are examples of activities that could stress the Achilles tendon. Inflammation, if it is followed by rest and a halt to the activity that caused it, is usually resolved fairly quickly.
Achilles Tendonosis—if the stress to the tendon continues, microscopic tears develop and the tendon begins to degenerate. The body is unable to repair them, and the result is constant pain and a decreased ability to walk and participate in your usual activities.
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort anywhere along your Achilles tendon, it’s important that you get it checked out promptly. Our podiatrists Dr. Gregory Mangum and Dr. Bruce Miller will examine your Achilles tendon and your feet and ankles. If tendonitis or tendonosis is diagnosed, the foot doctor has a number of treatment options available including: immobilization, physical therapy, orthotics and night splints. The right treatment plan for you will depend on how long the injury has been present and how much damage has been done to the tendon.
Rupture of the Achilles Tendon—occasionally, chronic degeneration can result in complete rupture of the tendon. A ruptured tendon can also be caused by a sports injury. Ruptured tendons can only be repaired by surgery.
Contact our Pasadena (281) 991-0600, Sugar Land (281) 242-4448 or Houston (713) 664-6677 office for an appointment today if you are noticing any issues with your Achilles tendon. The earlier you seek treatment, the better the outcome.