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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 08, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

It’s the biggest tendon in the human body, able to withstand forces of 1,000 pounds or more and yet, the Achilles tendon is also the most frequently injured and inflamed tendon. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we see both dedicated athletes and “weekend warriors” with Achilles tendonitis—here are some scenarios that set the stage for this disorder:

  • Rapidly starting an exercise program or sports activity that involves the calf and lower leg muscles after a long period of inactivity
  • Overusing the tendon through repetitive strain from activities such as hill running or stair climbing
  • Trauma which caused a sudden intense contraction of the calf muscles (this occurs in moments of extreme effort such as a sprint or jump)
  • Increasing distance or speed in a walking or running routine too rapidly
  • Lack of flexibility in the calf muscles
  • A tendency to overpronate (feet turn inward when walking or running)
  • Failing to stretch or warm up sufficiently before exercising
  • Wearing improperly fitted or inappropriate footwear for an athletic activity

Getting Relief

As you can see, there are many factors that can bring on Achilles tendonitis. Some have to do with structural or mechanical issues of the foot, while others are the result of activity and exercise. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will need to do a complete examination of your foot and lower leg. The foot doctor will want a medical history and also to know about your recent activities and the history of the symptoms. Your treatment plan will depend on your personal foot structure and the cause of the tendonitis.

There are several conservative treatment measures available, including:

  • Depending on your level of pain, the podiatrist make recommend the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • A bandage or brace to limit the motion of the tendon and prevent further aggravation
  • Stretching exercises to strengthen the muscle groups in the front of the leg as well as around the calf
  • Massage
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Orthotic inserts to relieve the stress on the tendon and provide additional muscle support

Until the inflammation subsides, the podiatrist will also recommend that you rest from activities that cause the inflammation and switch, at least temporarily, to non-stressing options like swimming. If you think you may have Achilles tendonitis, don’t try to tough it out. Call our Washington office at (724) 225-7410 to arrange an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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