An Achilles tendon injury is one of the most common issues that plague athletes and exercise enthusiasts. But anyone who missteps or lands wrong can tear or rupture their Achilles tendon. If you're experiencing pain or swelling around your ankle, book an appointment at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center in Littleton, Colorado. Leading podiatrist Hani Saeed, DPM, is known for providing innovative, effective non-surgical treatments for Achilles tendon injuries. Book your visit online, or call the clinic to schedule.
Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, stretching from your heels, all the way up through your calf muscles. It's the flexible band of tissue you can feel at the back of your ankle, above your heel. This tendon is responsible for helping you point or raise your toes while providing support while standing and walking.
Because your Achilles tendon bears the brunt of your body weight, it’s easy for injuries to occur with everyday movements, exercise, or sports. Achilles tendon injuries occur when you quickly speed up, slow down, or pivot. This is why football, soccer, baseball, and tennis players are some of the athletes who are known for Achilles tendon injuries.
Men and women who run or participate in sprinting activities are also highly likely to suffer from an Achilles tendon injury, since building momentum requires a push off and lift with your foot. Although anyone of any age can develop an Achilles tendon injury, they’re most common among men who are over 30.
Likely, yes. The most common complaint is pain above your heel. Though you may feel pain or discomfort anytime with an Achilles tendon injury, it’s likely going to feel worse when you stretch your ankle or stand on your toes. If your tendon ruptures, you’re probably going to feel severe pain instantly, followed by soreness and swelling. Some patients even develop bruising over the injury or difficulty walking.
Dr. Saeed thoroughly evaluates your condition and works with you to find a treatment solution so that you can resume your regular activities as quickly as possible. In most cases, mild to moderate Achilles tendon injuries heal on their own.
Dr. Saeed may suggest trying custom orthotic inserts to support your foot during the healing process, or starting extracorporeal shockwave (ESW) or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT®). These regenerative treatments help heal soft tissue injuries and speed up your recovery process.
For moderate to severe Achilles tendon injuries, you could need to go through physical therapy to restore your ankle range of motion and build strength. If you rupture your Achilles tendon though, Dr. Saeed might need to surgically repair it during an outpatient procedure.
If you have an Achilles tendon injury, schedule an evaluation at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center by using the convenient online scheduler or by calling the office today.