Your Achilles tendon allows you to stand on your toes, walk, run, and jump. It’s one of the strongest tendons in your body, but it’s also prone to injury. Vito La Puma, DPM and the experienced podiatric team at Healthy Step Podiatry, with an office in Midtown East and the Financial District of New York City, specializes in all conditions that affect the foot and ankle. If you’re experiencing ankle pain and suspect it may be related to your Achilles tendon, call the office or request an appointment online.
Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel. When you flex your calf muscle, your Achilles tendon lifts your foot so you can walk, run, jump, and reach the tallest shelf in your kitchen while standing on your tippy toes.
Although It’s the toughest and largest tendon in your body, your Achilles tendon is vulnerable to injury because of its function and limited blood supply.
There are many conditions that can affect your Achilles tendon. Common conditions include:
Stretching your Achilles tendon beyond its limits may lead to a severe or complete tear, which is referred to as an Achilles tendon rupture.
Too much running or walking may lead to inflammation of your Achilles tendon, which is referred to as Achilles tendinitis.
Achilles tendinosis is a thickening of your tendon that develops from overuse or aging. However, the condition doesn’t cause any underlying inflammation.
An Achilles tendon tear refers to microtears in the Achilles tendon that may cause pain and discomfort. You can develop these tears from an activity or they may develop over time.
The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that provides a cushion for your Achilles tendon at your heel. Your shoes may irritate the bursa, which can lead to inflammation, or what’s referred to as Achilles bursitis.
Healthy Step Podiatry is equipped with some of the most advanced podiatric tools and can determine the underlying cause of your Achilles pain so you get the most effective treatment.
Management of your Achilles tendon condition depends on the type of condition that’s causing discomfort. For inflammation and microtears, your specialist at Healthy Step Podiatry may recommend rest and ice to support healing. A change in footwear and a referral to physical therapy may also be recommended. Advanced treatment options for heel pain associated with Achilles tendon issues include in-office cryosurgery and radio-frequency therapy.
For an Achilles tendon rupture, you may require a cast to limit mobility so that your tendon can heal or require surgery to reattach the tendon.
For management of Achilles tendon injuries or conditions, call the foot and ankle experts at Healthy Step Podiatry today or book an appointment online.