Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis services offered in Louisville, Leitchfield, Elizabethtown and Shepherdsville, KY and Clarksville, Corydon and Jeffersonville, IN

Achilles Tendonitis

If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis, you can rely on the expert podiatry team at Louisville Foot and Ankle Specialists for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. If you have pain between your calf muscles and heel bone, reach out to the practice as soon as possible. They have convenient locations in Louisville, Leitchfield, Elizabethtown, Shepherdsville, Fern Creek, and Jeffersonville, Kentucky, making getting to your nearest location easy. Call or use the online scheduling tool at any time to book an appointment today.

What is Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis occurs when you have inflammation in your Achilles tendon, which is the band of tissue connecting your calf muscles to your heel bone. This tendon plays an important role in various activities, such as walking, running, and jumping, making it susceptible to injury, swelling, and pain.

What are the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis?

The symptoms of Achilles tendonitis typically include pain and stiffness in the back of your heel, especially when walking or running. The pain may worsen with physical activity and may be accompanied by swelling and tenderness in the affected area. 

In some cases, the condition can cause a limited range of motion in your ankle.

What causes Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis can be caused by the overuse or repetitive strain on the Achilles tendon, such as intense physical activity or sudden increases in exercise intensity. These actions can lead to microtears in the tendon and subsequent inflammation. 

Additional risk factors include tight calf muscles, improper footwear, and inadequate warm-up before exercise. Certain medical conditions, like flat feet or an abnormal foot structure, may also increase the likelihood of developing Achilles tendonitis.

How is Achilles tendonitis treated?

The Louisville Foot and Ankle Specialists team focuses on relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and promoting healing. Rest is often a key component of the treatment plan, allowing your tendon time to heal. Ice packs and anti-inflammatory medications can help alleviate pain and swelling. 

Physical therapy may be recommended to stretch and strengthen the calf muscles, improving the overall function of your Achilles tendon.

In more severe cases, when conservative measures don’t provide relief, medical interventions such as corticosteroid injections or, in rare instances, surgery may be considered. Surgical options may involve removing damaged tissue or repairing the tendon.

How can I prevent Achilles tendonitis?

To significantly reduce your chances of developing Achilles tendonitis, practice the following:

  • Gradually progress your way into exercise intensity
  • Be sure to implement proper warm-up routines
  • Pay attention to your foot mechanics when walking or running
  • Make proper footwear choices (e.g., proper arch support)

Orthotic devices or inserts may be recommended to provide additional support.

If you have symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the Louisville Foot and Ankle Specialists expert podiatrist team. Call or book online today.