An Achilles tendon rupture is a common sports injury, but it can happen to anyone and cause severe pain in the back of your ankle. The exceptional podiatrists at Animas Foot & Ankle in Monticello, Utah, have treated more than 10,000 patients for foot and ankle problems, including Achilles tendon ruptures and injuries. If you have an injury to your Achilles tendon, or you suspect Achilles tendinitis, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Your Achilles tendon is the strong band of tissue that runs down the back of your lower leg and connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. The Achilles tendon is essential for walking, as it helps to raise your heel off the ground with each step. If you tear or rupture your Achilles tendon, it can make it impossible for you to take a step forward.
Most people who injure an Achilles tendon will know immediately that something is wrong. You may hear a popping sound or feel a sharp pain in the back of your ankle and calf when it happens. You may also have difficulty walking without severe pain. Other symptoms may include:
It’s common to have foot surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon, but for many people, nonsurgical treatments can also be effective. Your podiatrist will explain the benefits of different treatment options, so you can make an informed decision regarding how you’d like to repair your Achilles tendon injury.
Achilles tendinitis is a common condition in which your Achilles tendon becomes inflamed from overuse or repetitive activities. In many cases, Achilles tendinitis resolves itself when you take a break from the activity that causes the inflammation. However, if left untreated, Achilles tendinitis can progress to the degeneration of the tendon. This condition is called Achilles tendinosis.
Athletes who put repeated stress on their Achilles tendons are at risk for developing tendinitis, as are men and women who engage in occasional sports activities and fail to properly warm up. Additionally, if you have flat feet, you may develop Achilles tendinitis as a result of excessive stress on your tendon simply from walking. Symptoms may be mild, but they can become more persistent if left untreated.
To learn more about Achilles tendon injuries, conditions, and treatment options, book an appointment with Animas Foot & Ankle online or over the phone today.