Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon attached to the back of the heel bone, often caused by over-training or an insufficient warm-up for athletic activities. Sometimes it can also be caused by a large bony prominence present on the back of a heel bone. Ice, aspirin, rest, and anti-inflammatory medications are common solutions. However, if the pain and swelling are chronic, a podiatrist may be needed.

Causes of Achilles Tendonitis

  • Being overweight
  • An imbalance in the muscles
  • Deformity in the bone
  • A tightness in muscles of the back of the leg
  • Over-stretching the band of tissue from the ball of the foot to the heel
  • Trauma
  • Warming up or training improperly

What can a patient do?

  • Purchase comfortable and supportive shoes
  • Be sure to stretch sufficiently before exercise
  • Employ the RICE technique- rest, ice, compression, elevation

What can a podiatrist do for you?

  • Examine the affected area
  • Perform the appropriate scan, such as a CT, MRI, X-ray, or bone scan
  • Suggest taping, an over-the-counter arch support or heel lift
  • Prescribe a custom orthosis or medication
  • Demonstrate proper exercises to alleviate pain
  • Provide injections or surgery if necessary