When we go outside to walk to the mailbox or sprint across the street, our Achilles tendon is hard at work. It is the large tendon that helps connect certain muscles in our legs to our heels. Consequently, it may act up after periods of extended use. When the Achilles tendon has clearly been overworked, it has a tendency to stiffen, swell up and feel tender to the touch. It’s a condition that podiatrists call Achilles tendonitis.
What is the Problem?
The pain, swelling and stiffness commonly associated with Achilles tendonitis are surmountable with a skilled podiatrist’s help. Before coming up with a care plan to address a person’s Achilles tendonitis, a podiatrist will generally take steps to confirm the diagnosis. The confirmation is often made with the aid of diagnostic imaging and expert, manual manipulation.
How Can Experience Podiatrists Help?
With confirmation in place, treatment for Achilles tendonitis may begin right away. Podiatrists typically recommend that their patients do the following:
- Change routines and include time to comfortably rest the Achilles tendon as well as apply compression bandages and ice. Those actions will provide stability to the tendon and surrounding muscles. Plus, when combined with over-the-counter medications, it will help decrease inflammation and tenderness.
- The addition of heel lifts, braces and other similar devices will provide increased stability to the Achilles tendon too. Subsequently, the chances that a person’s Achilles tendonitis will go away quickly are generally improved when such measures are also put into place.
Podiatrists well-familiar with Achilles tendonitis cases will stay on top of their patients’ progress. If at any time the podiatrist feels that the Achilles tendonitis treatments are not working, changes may be made to the patient’s plan of care. As a result, it may be necessary for podiatrists’ patients to eventually consider invasive solutions to their unresolved, Achilles tendonitis problems, including surgery.