Most problems people experience in their feet or legs can be treated by a podiatrist. These two parts of the body are often intertwined in terms of symptoms, cause, and treatment. If you’re experiencing Achilles tendonitis, you should definitely seek the assistance of a professional podiatrist who is trained to understand the causes and remedies for this discomfort.
What is Achilles Tendonitis?
Tendonitis, in the general sense, is an inflammation of your body’s tendons. Achilles tendonitis attacks the largest tendon in the human body, which connects the foot to the leg. Achilles tendonitis often occurs when the body is over-exerted, which can cause injury or inflammation to this connective tissue.
How Do You Know You Have Achilles Tendonitis?
Before you assume you have Achilles tendonitis, a medical professional should evaluate your situation with a series of tests and questions. Symptoms often include mild pain after exercising, particularly when you’ve been running or using your legs vigorously. Your leg may become sluggish, or you may experience a pain that starts slowly and gradually worsens. If you’re a runner, you may experience localized pain one to two inches above your heel bone, which may dissipate after you’ve started moving around.
How Is Achilles Tendonitis Treated?
Depending on the severity of your injury, a number of treatment options may be offered to you, but rest and relaxation are always at the top of the list. You may be asked to forego running in favor of swimming, and if you enjoy exercises that are stressful to your body, you may wish to consider yoga. The key is to leave your Achilles heal alone so it can heal at its own pace, without any added pressures.
Your doctor may suggest anti-inflammatory, non-steroidal medication, orthopedic products, bandages, and/or restrictions on specific movements that could further irritate your tendon.
If you’re experiencing Achilles tendonitis, you’ll want to have a medical professional examine your foot right away. Please feel free to contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Care by phone at (214) 366-4600 to schedule an appointment.