Achilles Tendon

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

Responsible for connecting your calf muscle to your heel bone, your Achilles tendon is prone to wear-and-tear and injury, especially if you play sports or are on your feet all day. If you’re experiencing pain down the back of your lower leg, Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; and Ryan Pinedo, DPM, of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Greenville and Rockwall, Texas, can help. To get started on your Achilles tendon treatment, book an evaluation through the website or call the clinic nearest you to schedule a visit.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What causes Achilles tendon injuries? 

Your Achilles tendon is a long, durable band capable of supporting your body weight and absorbing extra impact from every step you take. 

However, with time, overusing your Achilles tendon can lead to inflammation, a condition known as Achilles tendinitis. It’s even possible to rupture your Achilles tendon or to suffer from tendon degeneration (tendinosis).

Your risk of suffering from Achilles tendon injuries goes up as you age. You may also develop an Achilles tendon injury due to:

  • Poor training or warmup habits — common with “weekend warriors”
  • Ill-fitting or unsupportive shoes
  • Excessive pronation
  • Distance running
  • Flat feet

Laborers or anyone who has to be on their feet all day for work are also prone to struggling with Achilles tendon injuries, due to the added stress on their lower extremities. 

When should I see a podiatrist for Achilles tendon pain?

The leading podiatry team at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists encourages you to schedule an evaluation anytime you experience discomfort that runs down the back of your lower leg. You may experience:

  • Aching 
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Inflammation 
  • Heel pain 

It’s particularly important to undergo diagnostic testing and treatment at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists if your leg pain isn’t improving or is getting worse. 

Your podiatrist conducts an examination by manipulating your foot and ankle to evaluate your Achilles tendon function. If needed, they can also order imaging, which may include an MRI.

How are Achilles tendon injuries treated?

Once your dedicated podiatrist diagnoses you, they counsel you about your particular injury and what may have caused it. They go over all of the different treatments you may need, which may include:

  • Night splints
  • Physical therapy 
  • Custom orthotic shoe inserts
  • Immobilization, including a splint or boot
  • Regular icing for 20-minute increments
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Severe Achilles tendon injuries, including a rupture, may need surgical intervention. Your podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists might recommend Achilles tendon surgery to graft or repair tissues to restore your full tendon function and to help you get back to your normal activities. 

Before Achilles tendon pain affects you another day, contact Family Foot & Ankle Specialists to get started on treatment. You can book either online or over the phone with either office.