Achilles tendinitis is a very common condition that most people will have experienced at least once in their lifetime. Since it is often a result of repetitive movements that lead to overuse, achilles tendinitis can appear gradually and worsen over time. Dr. Gabriel Maislos of Houston Foot & Ankle Care treats all types of sports-related injuries such as achilles tendinitis and creates treatment plans for each patient to reduce pain and discomfort.
Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles tendinitis involves the biggest tendon in the body, which connects the heel bone to the calf muscles. The achilles allows us to walk, run, jump, and is built to withstand great amounts of pressure. However, repetitive stress to the area can cause:
- Pain, especially after exercise
- Thickening of the tendon
How is it treated?
- Since exercise aggravates the condition, rest and limiting physical activity is extremely important.
- Icing the area can help reduce swelling and pain.
- Calf stretches can alleviate pressure on the achilles tendon.
- Physical therapy.
- TENEX procedure – A minimally invasive procedure that removes damaged tissue to accelerate healing and reduce pain.
- EPAT – An FDA-approved therapy that uses low frequency sound waves to stimulate blood flow and healing.
- Supportive shoes and orthotics can reduce stress on the tendon and correct any abnormal foot functions that could be aggravating the condition.
When conservative treatments do not help and achilles pain persists, surgery may be necessary. Surgical procedures depend on the severity and location of the injury, so consulting with an experienced foot care specialist is important. Dr. Gabriel Maislos is a board-certified, well-respected, skilled podiatric surgeon who has treated many patients for all types of foot and ankle conditions such as other sports injuries like plantar fasciitis, shin splints, sprains and fractures, as well as fungal infections, bunions, hammertoes, and diabetic foot problems. Please call our Houston office at (713) 541-3199 or contact us for questions or scheduling appointments!