The Achilles tendon is the longest and strongest tendon in your body but still prone to injuries that can affect your ability to walk. Podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Jeffrey Kleis, DPM, treats Achilles tendonitis, tendonosis, and other Achilles tendon injuries at his private practice in Costa Mesa, California. If you have pain and swelling in the back of your heel, call or book an appointment online today.
The Achilles tendon, sometimes called the “heel cord,” is a thick band of tissue that connects your calf muscle to your heel. This tendon plays an essential role in walking, by lifting your heel off the ground, and helps you stand-up on tiptoes.
Although the Achilles is a strong tendon, repetitive stress or overstretching can lead to injury. Dr. Kleis treats the full spectrum of Achilles tendon injuries:
Peritendinitis is the earliest stage of tendonitis and typically involves localized pain during or after an activity.
Irritation and inflammation in your Achilles tendon mean you have tendonitis. Achilles tendonitis causes pain and may lead to a bone spur on the back of your heel bone. This short-lived injury usually heals completely within a few months.
Without treatment, Achilles tendonitis may progress into tendinosis, which involves tendon degeneration that may lead to a torn or ruptured Achilles tendon.
Achilles tendonitis is easiest to treat in the early stages, so it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kleis as soon as you experience pain or swelling in the back of your heel.
Achilles tendonitis is considered an overuse injury, so it’s more likely to result from an increase in repetitive stress on the Achilles tendon than from a sudden accident.
You are more likely to develop Achilles tendonitis if you have a physical occupation, such as forestry, or participate in sports or physical activities without proper conditioning.
First, Dr. Kleis performs a complete physical exam and reviews your medical history. He may take an X-ray or other imaging tests to evaluate the severity of the condition and rule out other possible injuries.
Once he confirms a diagnosis of Achilles tendonitis, Dr. Kleis creates a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your the specifics of your case, treatment may include:
If you suspect you have an Achilles tendon injury, call or book an appointment with Dr. Kleis online today.