Houston Foot and Ankle Care
DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Podiatrist located in Houston, TX
Achilles Tendon Pain Q & A
What foot problems are associated with the Achilles tendon?
Your Achilles tendons are the largest tendons in your body, connecting your calf muscles to your heel bones. They are instrumental in helping you walk, making it possible to lift your heel off the ground with each step. Common injuries and conditions that occur as the result of overuse or too much stress on the Achilles tendon include:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Achilles tendon rupture (tear)
- Gastrocnemius equinus
- Plantar fasciitis
Achilles tendonitis occurs when your tendon becomes inflamed, causing pain and discomfort. This condition is often acute, lasting six weeks or less. Achilles tendonitis is often the result of repetitive motion and stress, and is common among runners, dancers, tennis players, and gymnasts. It usually gets better with rest, ice, bracing, or other therapeutic remedies
What is an Achilles tendon rupture?
If you feel sudden pain in your calf or heel and hear a popping sound when you land on your feet, it may be a sign of an Achilles tendon rupture. When your Achilles tendon ruptures, it tears partially or completely, making it difficult, if not impossible, to put weight on your foot. In some cases, you may need surgery to repair it, but the rupture may also respond to nonsurgical treatments like immobilizing your foot while the tendon heals itself, physical therapies, orthotics, and rest.
If you do need surgery to fully repair a severe Achilles tendon rupture, Dr. Maislos takes a conservative approach that begins with an in-office, minimally invasive incision to remove scar tissue and promote healing. This Tenex Health procedure uses a local anesthetic, and the incision is so small that in most cases you don’t even need sutures.
What is gastrocnemius equinus?
If you have gastrocnemius equinus, your calf muscles or Achilles tendons are so tight that you are unable to move your ankle to its full range of motion. This condition may occur in one foot or both feet and is associated with numerous other foot problems, such as:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ankle and foot pain
- Calf cramping
In many cases men and women seek treatment for foot or ankle pain, not knowing that the cause is gastrocnemius equinus.
Dr. Maislos is an expert at diagnosing and treating all disorders and biomechanical problems related to your Achilles tendon. If you suffer from foot or ankle pain, or you injured your Achilles tendon, Dr. Maislos and the exceptional team at Houston Foot and Ankle Care can provide long-term pain relief and treatment for your condition. Most foot-related issues respond well to nonsurgical treatments, and if you do need surgery, you can rest assured you’re in the most capable hands.
Call Houston Foot and Ankle Care or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.