Achilles Tendon Issues & Tendon Pathology

Receive an Effective Treatment Plan

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body. At Houston Foot Specialists, we offer expert treatment plans for those experiencing Achilles pain. If you spend a great amount of time running, walking, or jogging, you may be at a higher risk for developing this painful and serious condition.

​Problems in the Achilles can result from a number of causes, such as the following: Achilles tendon

  • Stress
  • Pressure
  • Overuse
  • Injury/Rupture
  • Severe misstep
  • Improper stretching

We offer a variety of treatment options, such as rest, ice, medication, a splint, a cast, orthotics, therapy, or a complete change in your routine. You can trust us to use the treatment plan that will get you on the road to recovery. If you notice a popping sensation in your tendon, contact our Houston foot doctor immediately! Call us at (713) 467-8886.

Listen to Your Feet and Know the Symptoms

Achilles tendinitis is considered to be an overuse injury, which means that it develops over time due to repeated stress and pressure on the tendon. This tendon attaches the calf muscles at the back of your leg to your heel bone. Walking, running, and jumping all heavily rely upon this important tendon. The term “tendinitis” describes a degeneration and inflammation within the tendon. Our patients usually complain of discomfort behind the heel along with swelling and decreased mobility. It is common for the pain to worsen when you are active, and it can flare up when you step out of bed in the morning. You may feel localized pain along the tendon during or after running, sluggishness in your leg, and stiffness that may or may not go away as the tendon warms up. A popping sensation should never be ignored and requires immediate treatment as this may indicate that the tendon has ruptured.

What Can Cause This to Happen?

This condition is most often caused by overuse, when there is a surge in the intensity or frequency of a particular activity. A lack of proper stretching can cause the Achilles tendon to remain tight during exercise and the strain can begin the development of tendonitis. Repetitive impact to the foot such as running on hard surfaces or wearing shoes that fail to properly support the feet and ankles can lead to this injury. Trauma to the Achilles from a sudden blow or severe misstep can cause it to happen, and in older patients, a previously existing arthritic condition can also be a factor.

Our Treatment Will Get You Back on Track

Don’t ignore Achilles pain or waste time waiting for the discomfort to go away. Dr. Aleisha Allen and her expert team can end your pain once and for all. Through evaluation and imaging technology, we will be able to diagnose the severity of your injury and get you started on a treatment plan to have you back enjoying life in no time. Treatment options for this type of condition may include rest, icing, change of activities, anti-inflammatory medications, splinting, custom orthotics, physical therapy, and casting or other methods of immobilization. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary.

The longer you wait to seek treatment, the worse your injury can become. Continuing to walk on an injury will also lengthen your recovery time. Contact Dr. Aleisha Allen DPM at (713) 467-8886, or request an appointmentat our Houston, TX office online.