What Causes Achilles Tendon Injuries?
Achilles tendonitis is a condition revolving around inflammation to the biggest tendon in your body. Constant over use is seen in the elite to recreational athlete through activities that stress the tendon (tennis, basketball, running). Even the “weekend warrior” that places increased demand to the tendon during participation of activities can aggravate this condition.
Ignoring Achilles Tendon Pain
People have a tendency to ignore this short-lived pain since the inflammation usually resolves, but if not resolved, it may lead to degeneration of the tendon and possibly tears. It is common to see sudden ruptures of the Achilles tendon in the adult population from repeated over-use and neglect of initial symptoms. Patients typically complain of a sharp sudden pain to the back of the leg with an inability to walk when Achilles tendon ruptures occur.
Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis
Treatment for Achilles tendonitis includes simple immobilization, ice, oral medication, orthotics (custom device to treat gait abnormalities), night splints, and even physical therapy. By seeing a podiatrist for initial symptoms of irritating and debilitating pain to the Achilles tendon region can help prevent worsening degeneration of the tendon and possible rupture. Surgical intervention by your podiatrist will be determined based on the extent of the injury (mostly ruptures and advanced degeneration), which may include direct tendon repair and cleaning with biocompatible, abrasion resistant suture (Fiber-wire/Fiber-tape) with associated hardware (anchors), and augmentation with even applied biologics (platelet rich plasma, amniotic stem cells).
Get Treated by Our Myrtle Beach Podiatrists
- If you’re experiencing pain in the back of your leg that has not gotten better, call Coastal Podiatry. Our team of expert podiatrists can diagnose and treat Achilles tendon pain before a rupture occurs. Call our office at 843-449-3668 or contact us through the website to get an appointment.