Your Achilles tendon is the largest in your body, and also one of the most hard-working. So when compromised because of tendonitis, the effects can have a serious impact on your life. At Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center, the board-certified podiatrists understand the discomfort and limitations that come with Achilles tendonitis and offer a number of solutions, including state-of-the-art laser treatments for faster healing. To learn more, call the Davis, Carmichael and Sacramento, California, office, or use the online scheduler.
Your Achilles tendon is the largest in your body, and it connects your heel bone to your calf muscles. This tendon enables much of your mobility, allowing you to walk, run, and climb with relative ease. While the tendon is large and designed to hold up against most activities, it can succumb to injury or wear-and-tear, especially if you’re highly active.
Achilles tendonitis is inflammation in the tendon, which typically develops because of tiny tears in the tissue. There are two types of Achilles tendonitis:
Achilles tendonitis usually develops over time due to progressive overload. This type of condition is more common among athletes who place added stress on their feet, but it can occur in just about anyone, especially if you have bone spurs in your heel or tight calf muscles.
Achilles tendonitis is progressive, so it may start as a dull ache in your tendon, especially when you first get up in the morning. The pain can flare during activity and become more intense during the 24 hours following increased use of the tendon.
You may also experience swelling in your ankle, and bone spurs can develop on your heels, which is your body’s way of trying to make up for the weakened tissue.
When you first see a podiatric specialist at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center, they review your symptoms and perform a physical exam of your ankle. They will likely order diagnostic imaging to help them precisely locate the problem.
Once they confirm Achilles tendonitis, your podiatrist designs a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This plan typically includes:
Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center also offers MLS (Multiwave Locked System) laser technology, which is a noninvasive treatment that reduces inflammation and speeds healing. If your podiatrist feels you may benefit from innovative MLS Laser Therapy, you undergo a series of treatments that last only minutes apiece — typically a few times a week for several weeks.
Should your Achilles tendonitis persist after six months of conservative treatments, your doctor may discuss surgical solutions with you.
For relief from your Achilles tendonitis, call Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.