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
Problems in the Achilles can result from a number of causes, such as the
- 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.