The Achilles tendon is the longest and strongest tendon in your body, but it’s also vulnerable to inflammation and injuries. Bay Area podiatrist Ajitha Nair, DPM, MPH, treats the full spectrum of Achilles tendon injuries at her practice, Propel Foot and Ankle in Oakland, California. If you think you have an Achilles tendon injury, call or book an appointment online today.
The Achilles tendon is the strong band of tissue that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. This large tendon helps you walk, run, jump, climb stairs, and stand on your tiptoes. Though the Achilles is strong enough to endure great stresses, this tendon is a common site of injury.
Dr. Nair treats all types of Achilles tendon injuries, including:
This condition occurs when your Achilles tendon becomes irritated and inflamed. There are two main types of Achilles tendonitis:
The insertional type of Achilles tendonitis may cause a bony projection called a bone spur to develop on the heel.
If the Achilles tendon stretches too far, it can tear (rupture). This is most common during sports and physical activities.
Symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury vary depending on the type and severity of your condition. Common signs and symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury include:
If you hear a popping or snapping noise at the time of injury or experience severe pain that makes it difficult to walk, you may have an Achilles rupture and should seek emergency care right away.
First, Dr. Nair reviews your symptoms and medical history. Then, she carefully examines your foot and lower leg to check for signs of an Achilles tendon injury, like pain, swelling, and limited range of motion.
She may use a noninvasive imaging test, like a musculoskeletal ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to confirm the diagnosis.
Then, Dr. Nair recommends the best treatment for your specific condition. Treatment for Achilles tendon injuries may include:
If your Achilles tendon is torn, you may need surgery to repair it. To learn more about treatment for Achilles tendon injuries, call Propel Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.