Achilles Tendon Specialist

Brandywine Foot and Ankle Associates

Podiatrists and Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Coatesville, and Limerick, PA

You use your Achilles tendons every time you walk, run, or jump. The tendon, which runs from your heels to your calf muscles, can withstand a great deal, but it’s also a common site of pain and injuries. If you have pain in your Achilles tendon, don’t let it get worse. Schedule an appointment with the team at Brandywine Foot and Ankle Associates in Coatesville, and Limerick, Pennsylvania. Call your nearest office or book your visit online today.

Achilles Tendon Q&A

Why is Achilles tendon pain common?

Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body. It runs from the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. You rely on your Achilles tendons to walk, run, and jump.

Tendons are very strong, but not very flexible. You can injure a tendon when you stretch it beyond its limit. You use your Achilles tendon a lot, so that means a high potential for injury, especially if you play high-impact sports like soccer, basketball, and tennis.

You’re more likely to develop Achilles tendon pain if you:

  • Suddenly increase your activity level
  • Only play sports on weekends
  • Are middle-aged or older
  • Don’t stretch or warm up before you play sports
  • Run on uneven surfaces
  • Have flat feet
  • Have heel spurs

The most common cause of Achilles tendon pain is tendonitis, which results from overuse. You may also tear or rupture your Achilles tendon suddenly, including when you land awkwardly from a jump.

How can I tell if I have an Achilles tendon injury?

Problems with your Achilles tendon cause pain or stiffness in your calf. Usually, you feel it when you first wake up or after a period of rest. The pain may go away temporarily as you move around conducting your daily activities. However, it usually gets worse with exercise and other more intense forms of movement.

When you have an Achilles tendon injury, you may have difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg. The tendon may also be tender, especially on the sides.

If your pain started after an impact, or you heard or felt a pop, you may have ruptured your Achilles tendon. Schedule an appointment at Brandywine Foot and Ankle Associates if you have any lasting pain in your calf or heel.

How is Achilles tendon pain treated?

When you have Achilles tendon pain, it’s important to give the tendon a chance to heal. In addition to rest, your doctor at Brandywine Foot and Ankle Associates recommends self-care to relieve your discomfort and strengthen your calves and heels. At-home care may include:

  • Taking oral anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy, including exercises, stretches, and massage
  • Wearing a cast, brace, or walking boot
  • Injections of cortisone medication
  • Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts) to correct gait and posture issues

If your condition doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, or you have a serious injury, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair the tendon. 

To get a diagnosis and treatment for Achilles tendon pain, call Brandywine Foot and Ankle Associates or schedule an appointment online today.