Achilles tendonitis is a common injury, effecting everyone from casual walkers to elite athletes. It begins as a stiff, painful area at the back of the heel, and can progress to Achilles tendon rupture if left untreated.
Earlier treatment tends to lead to better outcomes. The sooner we evaluate your pain, the quicker we can begin tailoring your treatment plan. With our help we will get you back to participating in your activities as soon as possible. Call (719) 559-8240 or click to request an appointment.
The Achilles tendon is the strongest and largest tendon in the body, connecting the leg to the foot as it stretches from the lower leg to the heel bone. This tendon is crucial to normal walking, as it allows the foot to rise up on the toes. If you are experiencing painful swelling in the back of your foot just above the heel, you may be suffering from Achilles tendonitis.
Achilles tendinitis is, at its most basic level, a strain of the Achilles tendon. The tendon naturally weakens with age, and strains are increasingly likely as you grow older, particularly if you suddenly increase the intensity of your workouts. Achilles tendonitis can also be caused by bone spurs and tight calf muscles.
How Do I Know I Have Achilles Tendonitis?
The sprain causes pain along the line of the Achilles tendon, particularly in the morning. The pain will also usually intensify after you run or participate in sports.
As Achilles tendonitis is best treated early in its development, schedule an appointment if you are experiencing pain or swelling along the Achilles tendon. An early consultation at our practice will give you a head start on a full recovery.